Gas company employees and city utility workers in Big Bear City, California, braved freezing temperatures to fix a gas leak near the city's fire station, reports the Big Bear Grizzly.
A 2-inch PVC pipe reportedly broke near the station – nearly the same location of another gas leak weeks prior to this incident. Cynthia Messina, public information officer for Southwest Gas, told the newspaper periodic checks will be conducted on gas pipes to ensure no more leaks arise, and that the incident is no cause for concern among citizens.
Messina also told the paper that leak detection methods were used to identify the origin of the gas leak – which was discovered beneath the street, not a structure, as initially believed – and that weather likely played a role in the pipe breaks, not their old age.
According to the paper, six residents and members of the fire station had to be evacuated temporarily while the leaks were repaired. Local radio station KBHR reported that the first gas leak displaced four residents.