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Statement on Columbus incident near the intersection of N. 20th Street and Atcheson Street

Friday, June 22, 2018

Our thoughts continue to be with those who were injured in today’s home explosion on North 20th Street in Columbus. Thank you to the community and first responders who came to the aid of the injured.

Columbia Gas of Ohio crews assisting in the investigation conducted a thorough inspection of our facilities in the area and confirmed they are safe.

The results of our investigation indicate that our natural gas main lines and service lines did not contribute to the incident. As our part of the investigation concludes, we will continue to support the Columbus Division of Fire and Columbus Division of Police as they complete their investigation.

We want to assure our customers and the Columbus community of the safe operation of our natural gas system.

Natural gas safety is a partnership between Columbia Gas of Ohio, our customers and communities. Here are some important safety reminders:

  • If someone smells an odor of natural gas or thinks there may be a gas leak, they should leave the area immediately, move to a safe location and call Columbia Gas of Ohio at 1-800-344-4077, as well as 911.
  • Don’t attempt to work on your home’s natural gas lines or appliances. Contact a professional.
  • Always call 811 at least two business days before doing any digging. Utilities will mark their lines so you can dig safely. Calling 811 is easy, the service is free, and it’s the law.