Sumner businesses evacuated after gas line break

Staff writerJanuary 14, 2014 

SUMNER GAS LEAK

Construction workers surround the spot where a contractor laying pipe broke a nearby four-inch underground gas line in north Sumner, January 14, 2014.

PETER HALEY — Staff photographer Buy Photo

Construction workers ruptured a 4-inch gas pipe in Sumner this morning, forcing the evacuation of several nearby businesses.

The incident happened just after 8 a.m. at 1515 Puyallup St.

“Fire crews report a large column of natural gas visible,” East Pierce Fire Assistant Fire Chief Jim Jaques said.

Puyallup Street was shut down and about 100 employees from neighboring companies were evacuated as a precaution, Battalion Chief Mike Shiner said.

No injuries were reported.

Puget Sound Energy workers were called to the scene and the gas main break was contained by 9:15 a.m.

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