'Significant' gas leak in northeast Calgary triggers evacuation of several homes: CFD

A natural gas leak in northeastern Calgary late Monday prompted firefighters to evacuate homes and close several county roads.

The Calgary Fire Department said its personnel along with ATCO staff were called to the leak at block 100 Tarawood Lane N.E. around 7 pm. About 30 minutes later, the process of evacuating 26 houses began with the arrival of transit buses to warm the community.

Shortly after 10 p.m., CFD said ATCO had isolated the leak and was able to shut off gas lines, allowing residents to return to their homes.

Shortly before 9 p.m., a CFD official told Global News that the leak was located on the corner of Taravista Drive N.E. and Tarawood Lane N.E.

He said a two-inch natural gas line is believed to have been punctured during construction work. The official added that ATCO had brought in heavy equipment to try and reach the source of the leak.

"This is a significant leak," Batt said. said Chief Paul Frederick. "(This is) a gas-killing challenge."

Taradale School, located at 170 Taravista Dr. N.E., is where refugees are told to leave if they need shelter until all affected residents are finally allowed to return home.

As of 10 p.m. CFD said work was underway to repair the damaged gas line.

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