Gas main explodes in east Toledo, 1 hurt - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Gas main explodes in east Toledo, at least 1 hurt

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo fire crews say a flash fire was caused by a natural gas leak in east Toledo Friday, where an explosion injured one person.

Columbia Gas spokesman Chris Kozak says a Columbia Gas crew was repairing a 4-inch line Friday morning in front of a home in the 800 block of Utah Street. The low pressure gas main was leaking and the crew was attempting to put a collar on the line to stop the leak. The gas leaking from the main ignited, burning one of the workers. 

"It's something our crew does everyday. So they're always putting their lives at risk - to a certain extent - everyday when they're working with natural gas. And they are experts at what they do, and they do it well. That's why this is a rare occurrence," said Kozak.

Kozak says the worker suffered first and second-degree burns to his face. He was taken by paramedics to a Toledo hospital with a burn unit. He is expected to recover, partially because of the safety procedures in place for Columbia Gas.

"This is an abnormality. Thankfully, the safety steps and procedures were being followed, which allowed us to get the fire put out, get the employee out of the hole, and keep this from being a truly serious incident," said Kozak.

Four houses were ordered to be evacuated shortly after the incident. 

The leak has been stopped and all residents are back in their homes. At no time was gas service interrupted in the neighborhood, according to Kozak. After the worker was taken away, crews began cleaning up and repairing the line that needed to be fixed in the first place.

Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • LOCALMore>>

  • UE students take part in National School Walkout

    UE students take part in National School Walkout

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:25 PM EDT2018-04-20 16:25:37 GMT
    UE students hold "die in" event for National Walkout Day (WFIE)UE students hold "die in" event for National Walkout Day (WFIE)
    UE students hold "die in" event for National Walkout Day (WFIE)UE students hold "die in" event for National Walkout Day (WFIE)

    Dozens of students took part in National School Walkout Friday at the University of Evansville. 

    More >>

    Dozens of students took part in National School Walkout Friday at the University of Evansville. 

    More >>
  • 14 NEWS Exclusive: Can school security and fire safety coexist?

    14 NEWS Exclusive: Can school security and fire safety coexist?

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:21 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:21:56 GMT

    Indiana State officials are trying to figure out what to do with millions of taxpayers money to ensure children's safety in schools.  Our cameras were the only ones inside an Indianapolis meeting with law enforcement officials, politicians, educators, and the state's Department of Homeland Security. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding teamed up with Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds to facilitate the round table discussion. One of the biggest topics d...

    More >>

    Indiana State officials are trying to figure out what to do with millions of taxpayers money to ensure children's safety in schools.  Our cameras were the only ones inside an Indianapolis meeting with law enforcement officials, politicians, educators, and the state's Department of Homeland Security. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding teamed up with Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds to facilitate the round table discussion. One of the biggest topics d...

    More >>
  • Over 2k people attend Right to Life Banquet

    Over 2k people attend Right to Life Banquet

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:11 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:11:50 GMT
    The annual pro-life event raises money and awareness to educate women and their families about abortion (WFIE)The annual pro-life event raises money and awareness to educate women and their families about abortion (WFIE)
    The annual pro-life event raises money and awareness to educate women and their families about abortion (WFIE)The annual pro-life event raises money and awareness to educate women and their families about abortion (WFIE)

    Over 2,000 people attended the Right to Life Banquet. 

    More >>

    Over 2,000 people attended the Right to Life Banquet. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly