1,200 Michi­gan cus­tomers af­fected af­ter gas line hit

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

It could be a cold Christ­mas for more than 1,000 peo­ple in Michi­gan’s Up­per Penin­sula af­ter a ve­hi­cle struck a natural gas line early Fri­day, caus­ing an ex­plo­sion and fire in Baraga County.

The sher­iff’s of­fice says a ve­hi­cle went off US 41, struck a Semco En­ergy gas line and caused a fire at a util­ity sub­sta­tion in the L’Anse area on Lake Su­pe­rior. There were no in­juries.

The L’Anse Fire De­part­ment ex­tin­guished the fire, but gas ser­vice to about 1,200 gas cus­tomers in parts of the village and L’Anse Town­ship will be dis­rupted for two to three days while re­pairs are made, Baraga County Sher­iff Rick John­son said.

Util­ity crews were go­ing door to door to shut off gas at each home and busi­ness, a process that was es­ti­mated to take hours. Semco crews also were work­ing to re­pair the dam­age at the sub­sta­tion, the util­ity said. Semco crews from across Michi­gan were headed to L’Anse to as­sist with ser­vice restora­tion.

Warm­ing cen­ters were estab­lished at a Baraga school, Ojibwa Com­mu­nity Col­lege and the Big Bucks Bingo Hall. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice pre­dicted low tem­per­a­tures in the 20s and 30s through Sun­day night. Space heaters were also dis­trib­uted for peo­ple who pre­ferred to stay home. At Baraga High School, dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Sa­rau turned on Wi-Fi for peo­ple stay­ing there. —AP

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