Brewster Firefighters Respond To Major Natural Gas Leak

On Friday February 6, 2015 at 11:35 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to a reported major natural gas leak at the intersection of Sea Pines Drive and Main Street. On arrival Engine 239 under the command of Captain Kevin Varley found a 6’ natural gas main had been struck by personnel repairing a water main break at the location. Due to the size of the leak and the potential for a major explosion or fire the Captain immediately ordered an evacuation of the area and the closure of Main Street. He also requested a full department recall for additional personnel to assist at the scene. Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene and was assigned as the Operations Chief.

Recall members responding in Engine 234 were directed to the east side of the leak in the area of Foster Square to check for natural gas odors in the stores and surrounding area. National Grid was requested to the scene and upon their arrival immediately began the process of mitigating the leak. NSTAR was also requested and upon their arrival the Captain ordered the power in the area shut off to reduce potential ignition sources. During the incident a Dennis Fire Department ambulance conducted stand-by duties at Brewster Fire Headquarters.

National Grid crews had the gas leak under control and capped approximately 2 hours after their arrival. After the leak was mitigated fire department personnel conducted final checks of the area and surrounding structures for odors of gas all of which proved negative. Power was then restored to the area and the road reopened. All Brewster fire units returned to service at 2:01 p.m.