Saturday, April 11, 2015


Just before 10 pm on Friday April 10, Engine 2 from the  River Park fire station and Medic 3 from the Lake Jennings fire station were dispatched to a vehicle accident in the 9500 block of Los Coches Rd.  While units where in route, dispatch informed units that a gas line had been ruptured and the response was changed to a residential structure response.  Now there were a total of 4 engine companies, 1 truck company, 1 medic unit, and a chief from Lakeside and Santee.

When Engine 2 arrived on scene it was clear there was a gas leak from the sound of the loud hissing noise.  Engine 2 closed Los Coches to the north and Engine 3 closed the road to the south and all units put on full protective clothing and breathing apparatus then proceeded to evacuate the immediate area around the leak. After this was done SDG&E arrived and located a safe area to dig down into the street and safely clamp the gas line to stop the leak.

After the leak was secured, the utility company could come in and assess the damage to their equipment and began repairs.  It is unknown how long these repairs will take and the cause of the accident is under investigation by the CHP. 

Units assigned: Lakeside Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Medic 3, and Chief 4106.  Santee Engine 4 and Truck 4.

Photos From: Captain John Hisaw
Story By: Engineer Matt Buzzell

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