September 10

Engine and Truck Handle Large Natural Gas Incident

At 0719 hours on September 10th, MFD was dispatched to an odor investigation at a medical office in the ShopRite Plaza. Car 1 (Pressler) and E-223 arrived on scene and began metering the air in the office and found high levels of combustible gas in the area. Central Hudson was requested to the scene and T-221 also responded in. Montgomery firefighters gained access to surrounding businesses in the plaza and the roof to look for the source. Upon Central Hudson’s arrival, the source was located in an underground sewer system with abnormally and dangerously high levels of combustible gas. Since the system was located under the entire ShopRite complex, MFD command requested an additional engine and truck. This brought Coldenham’s Tower Ladder and an Engine from Maybrook to the scene. Coldenham and Maybrook assisted MFD in evacuating all stores in the plaza while Central Hudson dig crews worked to resolve the gas issue. Within the hour, Central Hudson had stopped the leak and allowed the plaza to reopen and MFD to return to service.