Rockland: Gas main break calls for the evacuation of several homes

According to Deputy Chief Bill Ferguson, the Rockland Fire Department received a call Wednesday afternoon from a man who was hired to install a fence at a home on Josh Gray Road. When digging into the ground, the man nicked a gas main.

The Rockland home is in a large residential neighborhood and Deputy Chief Ferguson says that when they arrived, they heard and smelt gas leaking, “We attempted to evacuate approximately 6-8 homes, several weren’t occupied at the time—the owners weren’t there. But we evacuated about four or five people actually out of their homes.”

Rockland Firefighters were able to shut off the street gas valve prior to National Grid arriving. No was injured from the gas main break.  “We had a pretty good wind blowing and it was dissipating it very well,” notes Deputy Chief Ferguson

Gas has been restored to the Rockland neighborhood and residents are back in their homes. The evacuation lasted less than an hour.

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.