Firefighters contain damage from leaking gas line | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | December 7, 2015 4:25 pm
Last Updated: December 7, 2015 at 4:28 pm
Firefighters poured water on mobile homes in Lucas Trailer Park while waiting for crews from SCE&G to find the shut-off valves to the burning gas line.
Walterboro and Colleton County fire personnel spent several hours on Leith Lane Friday evening, working to ensure that the tower of flames from a ruptured natural gas line did not endanger nearby structures.
City firefighters were called to the 200 block of Leith Lane, Friday at 6:03 p.m., the initial call reporting a brush fire.
What the first units on the scene found was an approximately 30-foot tall column of flames from the ruptured two-inch plastic natural gas line threatening the nearby trees and several mobile homes in the Lucas Trailer Park.
Walterboro firefighters rapidly deployed three hoses to guard against the flames from the leaking line damaging the mobile homes and items in the yards. A short time later two additional hose lines were put to work in the containment effort.
The residents of the endangered mobile homes were evacuated.
A call also went out to have South Carolina Electric and Gas dispatch a crew to deal with the ruptured line.
The SCE&G personnel were able to secure a valve on one end of the line near Jefferies Boulevard, but had to dig a hole behind the former Asten Johnston factory and crimp the other end to stop the flow of natural gas.
The city fire department had 20 firefighters at the scene and a mutual aid call to Colleton County Fire-Rescue added another eight firefighters to the effort to protect the nearby trees and structures until the leaking line could be shut down.
Firefighters were on the scene until 8:22 p.m.