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Menlo Park gas leak due to house demolition

Someone forgot to have PG&E shut of gas and electricity service before digging into the house

Failure to have PG&E turn off electricity and gas to a home about to be demolished resulted in a gas leak that dissipated into to the atmosphere with no fire, PG&E reported today (Jan. 12).

Initial reports that there was a gas-main leak and possible fire drew firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District 1315 Middle Ave., near Hermosa Way, shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 11).

But the leak was from a small gas pipe in the house that was broken during the demolition work, according to Joe Molica of PG&E.

PG&E crews arrived at the scene about 3:40 p.m. and had the gas turned off within 8 minutes, as well as the electricity, Molica said.

-- Palo Alto Online staff

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