UPDATE: Seattle Fire response for natural-gas line break in Fauntleroy

2:49 PM: Just east of the south end of Lincoln Park, four Seattle Fire units are responding to a natural-gas leak in the 4300 block of SW Cloverdale. They’re saying a one-inch line was struck and ruptured and are evacuating adjacent houses. Updates to come.

3:13 PM: Firefighters just told dispatch the gas has been shut off.

8 Replies to "UPDATE: Seattle Fire response for natural-gas line break in Fauntleroy"

  • Seattlite April 16, 2024 (2:56 pm)

    Gas line locations are supposed to be mapped out by the professionals before any type of digging.  I wonder what happened in this case.

    • Carson April 16, 2024 (3:49 pm)

      Interesting, I called 811, they came out and mapped my gas line. I dug the trench, found the line approximately 18 inches away from where they said it was. No harm but there could have been. They have no idea accurately where the line is. Be careful.

      • Seattlite April 16, 2024 (7:43 pm)

        Carson…Did you contact whomever mapped your gas line location and let them know their mapping was incorrect?  Mistakes like that can be extremely dangerous.  My gas line is commingled with my neighbor’s which would require accuracy in mapping so as not to cause a risky situation for me or for my neighbor.

    • bill April 17, 2024 (8:53 am)

      The locator service could not find our gas line. Was able to find our neighbor’s, concluded the lines were together. The stump grinder crew we hired proved that was wrong! Firemen were here in under 5 minutes and folded the plastic line back on itself to stop the gas. The gas company showed up very quick and spliced the line. No cost to us since it was locator service’s error. 

  • Neighbor April 16, 2024 (3:08 pm)

    I wonder if there’s any connection to the power outage we’re experiencing again here in the Brace Point neighborhood that’s listed as an equipment failure. Any chance they turn power off when there’s a gas line break?

    • WSB April 16, 2024 (3:53 pm)

      Again? You’re the first to mention it, though I see it now on the map. But to your question – not unless there’s some direct ignition risk, and the leak site isn’t in the outage zone.

      • Neighbor April 16, 2024 (4:14 pm)

        That blows my theory! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself 😂)But seriously if you learn anything about the cause of this outage, I’d appreciate it. Website says estimated restoration is after 2am!

        • WSB April 16, 2024 (4:25 pm)

          (a) The estimated restoration times are meaningless guesses, so don’t take stock in those.
          (b) I just published a separate story. But SCL says its crew doesn’t know yet.

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