Whitman: Evacuations Ordered After Gas Main Struck

Credit: Whitman Fire Rescue Twitter Feed

Credit: Whitman Fire Rescue Twitter Feed

Whitman Fire Rescue responded to a gas leak Thursday on Hogg Memorial Drive.

Fire Chief Timothy Grenno, describes the call they received from a Whitman police officer working a detail

Upon arrival, firefighters began to secure the scene. They deployed hose lines in the area to protect structures, anticipating possible ignition of the gas.

Airing on the side of caution-Whitman Fire and Whitman Police evacuated 15 homes on the street, which contained only about six people

Grenno reports that they had a little help from East Bridgewater Fire Department while they were tied up with the gas leak.

National Grid arrived on scene around 9:30 a.m. and began to repair the leak, which was located in front of 201 Hogg Memorial Drive.

Residents were able to return home at about 10:20 a.m.

Two homes in the direct vicinity of the leak are covered in dirt and rust from the break.

No injuries were reported.



Update at 12:00 PM 6/1/17:

The scene of a gas main leak in Whitman has been cleared.

Fire Officials say that a contractor struck the gas main this morning causing an evacuation of roughly 6 homes.

National Grid says there is no atmosphere for an explosion.


9:30 AM 6/1/17:

Evacuations are being conducted in Whitman due to an active gas leak.

Fire officials say a main was struck on Hogg Memorial Dr. and companies are evacuating homes in the area.

Officials with the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District say that a shelter in place order is currently in effect at Whitman Middle School.

We are continuing to follow this story and will provide you with more information as we receive it.

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