Gas main break results in emergency response

LA County firefighters set up a 600 ft perimeter around a reported gas leak on the construction site near Stratus Street and Skyline Ranch Road while waiting for the Gas Company to arrive and handle the alleged leak, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Gilbert Bernal/The Signal

Firefighters and gas officials were called to a gas main break at the Skyline Ranch construction site in Canyon Country on Monday.

Officials said the leak, near the intersection of Stratus Street and Skyline Ranch Road, had been caused by a 4-inch gas main on a development site “spewing gas.”

Firefighters received the call at 2:56 p.m. and were on the scene at 3:03 p.m., said Franklin Lopez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “It did come in as a call of a gas leak.”

No residents were nearby and no ignition had been caused by the leaking gas, but officials on the scene still established an exclusion zone of “600 feet in all directions,” Lopez said.

Southern California Gas officials were reportedly called to the scene. Melissa Bailey, spokeswoman for Southern California Gas, said Tuesday morning construction were not asked to leave by SoCal Gas officials.

“It was a third-party damage to our line, and we anticipate the gas to be under control in 30 minutes,” said Bailey at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Officials did not know as of the publication of this article how much gas they believe was lost as a result of the gas main break.

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