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9:30 p.m.update: Columbia Gas of Ohio Statement on W. Broad Street Incident

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

9:30 p.m. update 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2016

CONTACT
Kelli Nowinsky (614) 634-1038

Columbia Gas of Ohio updated statement regarding W. Broad Street incident

Columbus, Ohio – Columbia Gas of Ohio crews are actively working on repairing the natural gas line that was damaged today by a third party contractor. We currently have less than 10 customers that are without gas service this evening. Once our line is repaired, those customers will have service restored. We have visited with each of those impacted customers and offered hotel accommodations for the night.

Following today’s incident at 2857 W. Broad Street in Columbus, our crews actively worked to isolate and shut gas off to the area. Our crews were stationed at our valves and made the decision to shut off gas at the point of damage and minimize the outage to our customers. The evacuation order has been lifted in the area, and residents have returned to their homes.

Our customers have the right to expect safe, reliable natural gas service and we are confident, based on a thorough investigation and inspection of our facilities, that our system is safe. The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our highest priority. We have taken extra precautions this afternoon and early this evening to inspect immediate neighborhood gas facilities and we have confirmed they are safe. If customers have any concerns, they should contact us at 1-800-344-4077.

As always, if customers smell an odor of natural gas, they are advised to move to a safe location and call Columbia Gas of Ohio at 1-800-344-4077 and their local fire department at 9-1-1.  

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4:45 p.m. update

CONTACT
Kelli Nowinsky(614) 634-1038

Columbia Gas of Ohio has shut down gas service in W. Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio – Columbia Gas of Ohio crews have shut down gas service in the area of the incident that occurred this afternoon at 2857 W. Broad Street in Columbus. The evacuation order of the area is still in place and our crews are continuing to work with the City of Columbus Fire Department to make the area safe. Our focus remains on the safety of the community, our crews and fire officials. Once the area is made safe, the investigation into the cause and circumstances of the incident will begin. 

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3:44 p.m. update

CONTACT
Kelli Nowinsky(614) 634-1038 

Columbia Gas of Ohio Statement on W. Broad Street Incident

Columbus, Ohio – Columbia Gas of Ohio crews are on site of the working fire at 2857 W. Broad Street in Columbus. At this time our crews are working with the City of Columbus Fire Department to evacuate the area. Our focus is the safety of the community, our crews and fire officials. Once the area is made safe, the investigation into the cause and circumstances of the incident will begin. 
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