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Gas leak forces temporary street closures
August 09, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

Angela Swartz/Daily Journal Workers gather at the site of a gas leak early yesterday morning on Burlingame Avenue.

A gas leak at 1354 Burlingame Ave. yesterday around 4:30 a.m. shut down businesses along the main avenue until it was capped at 8:41 a.m.

At around 4:37 a.m., Pacific Gas & Electric heard from a third party who apparently punctured a 4-inch diameter gas main during construction on the street, according to PG&E spokeswoman Brittany Chord. PG&E crews arrived around 5 a.m. to work on the leak and canvass the area.

PG&E and fire crews shut down a one-block radius around the site, closing Burlingame Avenue between El Camino Real and Park Road, and Primrose Road was closed between Donnelly Avenue and City Hall Lane.

Central County Fire Chief Mark Ladas said there was no fire on the scene, but that the department sent two engines and a truck. He said the fire department arrived at around 5:47 a.m.

Administrative Police Sgt. Don Shepley said contractors called police around 5:30 a.m.

“PG&E is most important to get there first,” Shepley said. “They’re the people who shut off the gas.”

Chord said she’s not sure what the circumstances of the puncture were. She said main gas line markings were present.

The street is under construction as part of the beautification of Burlingame Streetscape redesign. Construction is set to wrap up next summer.

 

 

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