July 4, 2017 UPDATE: 3:00 PM
The Town of Stony Plain's engineer, Associated Engineering, has reviewed the preliminary Incident Reports with the Prime Contractor, sub-contractor, and ATCO Gas. These initial reviews have confirmed adequate safety measures are in place to the satisfaction of the overseeing engineer. The Boundary Road Construction project was permitted to continue this morning at 9:30 AM. A provincial Occupation Health and Safety investigation remains ongoing. A report will be tabled at the July 10th regular Council meeting.
June 29, 2017 UPDATE: 3:00 PM
The Boundary Road expansion project has been suspended pending a full incident investigation by the Town of Stony Plain and the construction contractor after a gas line was struck resulting in a fire this morning.
Mayor William Choy says, “Residents’ safety comes first in our Town. I am relieved no one was injured. The Fire Department, RCMP, and ATCO were quick to act and followed our Emergency and Evacuation Response Plan. I’m thankful to our emergency crews for getting the situation under control.”
The call came into the Stony Plain Fire Department around 8:15 AM this morning and the fire was put out by 10:45 AM. Nine homes in Jutland Ridge had to be evacuated by the RCMP. Two homes in Jutland suffered damage to the siding and there was also fire damage to a fence.
Town Fire Chief Trevor Mistal says, “Thank you to all the residents in the area for cooperating with the temporary evacuation and to those who avoided the area. This allowed firefighters to focus on safely putting out the fire, and to prevent it from spreading.”
Approximately 330 residents in Sandstone, Silverstone, Jutland Ridge, and the (East) portion of Fairways were without natural gas for much of the day, Graybriar was not affected. This area is on a looped system which allowed ATCO crews to restore gas while repairing the line. Gas was turned back on at 1:30 PM this afternoon.
“This morning’s occurrence was a serious incident and we’re thankful no one was hurt and no homes were lost. We hope this reminds everyone about the importance of working safe around natural gas lines. Our crews will be going door-to-door restoring service to homes impacted today and answering questions customers may have,” says Nathan Carter, Vice President, Edmonton Region Operations, ATCO Gas Distribution.
Paul Hanlan, General Manager of Planning and Infrastructure says, “ Pending the results of the investigation, we hope Boundary Road construction will resume on Tuesday, July 4th.”
June 29, 2017 UPDATE: 12:45 PM
A portion of Fairways is also without natural gas this afternoon. Approximately 330 residents along the east side of Stony Plain south of Hwy 16A to Lacosta Fairway are without natural gas. ATCO should be able to restore natural gas to customers later this afternoon. This area is on a looped system which allows crews to restore gas while repairing the line. Should residents have any questions, please contact ATCO’s customer care centre at 310-5678. If you suspect a natural gas leak, please call the emergency line at 1-800-511-3447 or call 911.
June 29, 2017 UPDATE: 11:00 AM
The fire is now out. There is some minor damage reported to one home in Jutland Ridge, and the fence along Boundary Road. Fortunately, no one was injured. Further details will be released this afternoon.
June 29, 2017 UPDATE: 10:15 AM
About 250 Stony Plain residents east of 33rd street in the Jutland Ridge and Graybriar neighbourhoods do not have gas service at this time. ATCO does have the gas valves isolated and will begin to repair the line once it is safe to do so. There is no estimate when gas service will be restored. The hospital has not been impacted.
Fire crews remain on the scene as the fire is not completely out. No damage has been reported to any homes in the Jutland subdivision.
June 29, 2017 Initial Release: 9:15 AM
The Town of Stony Plain Fire Department is on the scene of a fire along the Boundary Road Construction project.
Fire Chief Trevor Mistal says, “It appears crews have hit a gas line and it has ignited along Boundary Road.”
Several properties in Jutland Ridge have been evacuated. There are no injuries and no homes have been lost. ATCO is also on the scene and working to isolate the gas line.
Mistal goes on to say, “Please avoid the area for the next several hours. There is a large fireball but the situation is contained and not spreading.”
Further details will be released as they become available. Please continue to monitor the Town’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert
Corporate Communications Officer
Town of Stony Plain