PHOTOS: Backyard construction led to propane leak and downtown blackout

Power was turned off to the downtown core so emergency crews and Fortis BC could make the necessary repairs. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The Revelstoke Fire Department said they responded to a report of a gas leak in the 600 block of Mackenzie Avenue yesterday. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
A map of the power outage area, via BC Hydro. A map of the power outage area yesterday, via BC Hydro.
Firefighters evacuated nearby residences and buildings and blocked off traffic, between 6th St. and 4th St on Mackenzie Ave. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Revelstoke Fire Department said they responded with 17 fire personnel, two pumpers and two command vehicles. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Firefighters evacuated nearby residences and buildings and blocked off traffic, between 6th St. and 4th St on Mackenzie Ave. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Revelstoke Fire Department said they responded with 17 fire personnel, two pumpers and two command vehicles. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Fire crews said they discovered a gas line that had been punctured at a residence under construction. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Fire crews said they discovered a gas line that had been punctured at a residence under construction. (Photo by Revelstoke Fire Department)
Firefighters evacuated nearby residences and buildings and blocked off traffic, between 6th St. and 4th St on Mackenzie Ave. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The power outage impacted 1550 customers. Power was restored around 6:30 p.m yesterday. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The power outage impacted 1550 customers. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Fortis BC said the pipeline was repaired last night and they re lite customer appliances this morning. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Revelstoke Fire Department said today that no one is no longer evacuated and “everybody is back in their home.” (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
After the gas line had been repaired, fire crews tested residences in the affected area for gas buildup and had to ventilate nearby homes. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The power outage impacted 1550 customers. Power was restored around 6:30 p.m yesterday. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Emergency crews responded to a propane leak in downtown Revelstoke yesterday, which has left nearly 900 FortisBC customers without gas.

The Revelstoke Fire Department said they responded to a report of a gas leak in the 600 block of Mackenzie Avenue. Upon arrival, fire crews discovered a gas line that had been punctured at a residence under construction.

Firefighters evacuated nearby residences and buildings and blocked off traffic, between 6th St. and 4th St on Mackenzie Ave.

Power was turned off to the downtown core so emergency crews and Fortis BC could make the necessary repairs.

After the gas line had been repaired, fire crews tested residences in the affected area for gas buildup and had to ventilate nearby homes.

Revelstoke Fire Department said they responded with 17 fire personnel, two pumpers and two command vehicles.

The power outage impacted 1,550 customers. Power was restored around 6:30 p.m yesterday, however many businesses downtown remained closed for the evening.

Fortis BC said the pipeline was repaired last night, however in a news release this morning they said they are still trying to restore propane.

Roughly 900 Fortis BC customers are still without propane for heating.

Fortis BC said technicians will be shutting off all affected meters as a safety precaution as they regasify the main line. Fortis BC noted they have brought in extra technicians.

“We anticipate relights will begin this afternoon, throughout Thursday and possibly into Friday. We recognize this loss of service is disruptive for our Revelstoke customers and are doing everything we can to restore service quickly and safely.”

Some Revelstokians still do not have heat.

Revelstoke Fire Department said today that no one is no longer evacuated.

Fortis BC said they cannot comment at this time if any charges will be laid.

Power was turned off yesterday from roughly 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The smell of propane was so strong in the area that passersbys noted it could even be smelled in Southside.

There is no propane smell today.


 

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