Fire Sparks at Gas Leak in Columbia

11:25 PM, Sep 25, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A fire sparked at the site of a gas leak in downtown Columbia Wednesday night.

The leak began around 4 p.m. at the corner of Sumter and Richland Street. However, just before 7 p.m., flames began erupting from the area of the leak.

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says 12 to 15 people inside buildings in the area were evacuated when the leak first happened, including children at a church daycare.

There were no injuries.

Jenkins says it's believed a business laying down communications lines accidentally ruptured the gas line. It's not clear yet what caused the flames to spark.

Fire crews could be seen spraying water around the fire to prevent it from spreading.

SCE&G estimates because of the leak and the resulting shutdown of gas in the area, 150 customers were without gas service.



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