On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, the Lakeside Fire Protection District received a call that a construction crew had struck a high pressure gas main near the intersection of Dunbar Lane and Olde Highway 80. Initially dispatched were four structural engines, a truck company, and two chief officers.
On the arrival of Engine 26 (Blossom Valley Station), firefighters discovered a high pressure leak emanating from a trench. SDG&E crews had arrived and requested that the fire companies provide protective hoselines for their crew members who were going to enter the area to seal off the leak. Unfortunately, fire crews were cutoff from their closest water sources due to the location of the leak. Two engine companies laid out over 1000 feet of 4 inch supply line from a distant hydrant on Chocolate Summit Drive.
|Fire crews position protection lines as SDG&E personnel enter the hazard zone.|
During the height of the incident all traffic had been stopped on Dunbar Lane, Olde Highway 80, and Chocolate Summit Drive. SDSO and CHP assisted with street closures.
SDG&E crews were able to seal the leak without further incident. Area roadways were quickly opened as the gas dissipated from the area.
A total of 14 Lakeside personnel responded to the incident, assisted by a crew from Heartland Fire and Rescue.
Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District