In the Matter of the Continuing Investigation of the Purchased Gas Adjustment Charges of Washington Gas Light Company
Washington Gas Update on Hooes Road Fire in Springfield, Virginia
On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, a Washington Gas crew was onsite in the 8500 block of Hooes Road in Springfield, Virginia to repair a six-inch gas main in the street. Gas from the line ignited as repairs were beginning, resulting in a fire. The fire injured three Washington Gas crew members who were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
“We are thankful that our employees were not more seriously injured. We also are grateful for the quick response from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department to care for our Washington Gas team members and to control and extinguish the fire,” said Blue Jenkins, President, Washington Gas.
By mid-day on February 4, 2021, Washington Gas crews completed repairs to the line and restored service to the few customers who were directly impacted by the incident.
“As a company, we are proud of our safety culture and are committed to delivering safe and reliable natural gas service to our customers,” Jenkins said. “We are investigating the incident and fully cooperating with the review being done by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the state agency that regulates our utility.”
“Our crews have completed a leak survey of the surrounding neighborhood as a proactive measure to reassure the community of the safety of our infrastructure. Our team has determined that our system is operating as it should, as we continue to provide safe, natural gas service to our customers,” Jenkins said.
“Our team also has been in touch with the neighboring community to answer their questions regarding the incident and we will continue to work with those impacted,” Jenkins said.
Community members with questions can contact the company at email@example.com.
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