POLITICS
02/08/2012 07:31 EST | Updated 04/09/2012 05:12 EDT

Coquitlam residents back home eight hours after crews rip through area gas line

COQUITLAM, B.C. - Residents of three Coquitlam, B.C., apartments spent almost eight hours out of their homes after an excavator ripped through a gas line in that Vancouver suburb.

The Tuesday afternoon incident closed one major road and forced the evacuation of the apartments and businesses covering several city blocks along the Coquitlam-Burnaby boundary.

No one was hurt and Fortis B.C. was able to shut off the gas and repair the ruptured pipeline shortly after midnight.

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart says the private contractor involved in the incident should have reviewed utility maps before digging.

He says the city must now determine if the maps were wrong or if some other misunderstanding caused the problem.

At the height of the evacuation, buses were brought in to shelter evacuated residents and an information centre was set up at a nearby community centre to keep evacuees informed. (News1130)