WESTFIELD, Ind.—Westfield firefighters fought the hot weather today during a four hour gas main break at the intersection of US 31 and Greyhound Pass. Vectren was able to get the leak stopped at 8:30 this evening and thus police reopened all roads in the area.
Initially, contractors working to replace phone lines for the US 31 project hit the gas main at approximately 5 p.m. and then called 9-1-1. Firefighters arrived shortly after and found a 2-inch gas main spewing into the air. They then shutdown northbound US 31 traffic and began monitoring air quality–including the shopping mall in the area. After clearing a safe zone, the fire department began allowing one lane of traffic north, but the east and westbound traffic remained closed.
Firefighters suited up and protected Vectren workers during the entire incident. While the hot weather was draining, firefighters stayed well-hydrated and rotated in shifts. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.
An employee from Vectren said their crews will be fixing the pipe throughout the evening and there will be no interruption of gas service. The fire department shut down access to the Chase Bank ATM during the incident, but the branch was close due to the holiday. No businesses were evacuated.