Dennis McCarthy Incident

Incident Name: Dennis McCarthy Incident
Incident Time: 9:00:00 a.m.
Incident Date: 5-16-2018
Incident Type: Natural Gas Leak
Equipment Assigned: Engines 55, 56; Patrol 55; Battalion 5; PIO
Cause: Digging/Cutting
Injuries: None
Total Personnel: 8

Mettler,  CA

Just after 9:00 a.m this morning, the Kern County Fire Department was waived down by construction workers for a natural gas leak at a construction site in the 5700 block of Dennis McCarthy Drive. Crews were advised that construction crews were digging and broke a natural gas line. Fire crews isolated the area and began doing precautionary evacuations of the entire Best Western Hotel, until Southern California Gas could arrive on scene to secure the leak and make the necessary repair. In total, 27 people were evacuated. Firefighters remained on scene as a precaution until the leak was controlled. Evacuation orders have been lifted.

Evacuations: Best Western was evacuated in the immediate vicinity.

Road Closures: All roads were shut down as a precaution until the leak could be repaired.

Assisting Agencies Southern California Gas Company

Additional Information: The Kern County Fire Department would like to remind the community to call 811 before digging. In addition, when gas lines have been marked by the Utility company, the gas line should be identified visually before using machinery in close proximity. 

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