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Driver Shears off Gas Meter and does minor Damage to Building

By DAVID BUTCHER, Correspondent | August 13, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 081320108

West Hazleton Fire and Police Departments were dispatched to a reported auto accident involving a car into a gas meter and building. West Hazleton Engine 183-2 was the first on scene and had to deal with evacuating the building and surrounding buildings along with on lookers.

According to West Hazleton Fire Chief Richard Sparks one of his thoughts was about having a repeat of the Baltimore Gas explosion and that happening here. They deployed blitz nozzles and laid in supply lines in case they needed to dissipate the gas flowing in the air. The big concern was the high humidity and lack of wind keeping the gas close to the ground.

West Hazleton Engines 183-1, 183-2, and Truck 183 along with West Hazleton Police, West Hazleton Fire Police, and Hazleton City Police were on the scene. UGI had the gas shut off quickly and was inspecting the building with West Hazleton Fire Department to ensure that the gas had not built up in the building, which was vacant for renovations at the time.

There were no reported injuries and the units cleared the scene shortly after UGI had the gas leak shut down.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.