NO INJURIES AFTER GAS LEAK IN N. CONWAY

by Christian Mower on August 7, 2012

THE CHIEF OF THE NORTH CONWAY FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS NO ONE WAS HURT AFTER AN EARLY MORNING CALL TUESDAY TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY.

PAT PREECE SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS AND NORTH CONWAY AMBULANCE RESPONDED TO THE HOSPITAL AROUND MIDNIGHT AFTER HOSPITAL SECURITY CALLED TO REPORT SMELLING AN ODOR OF PROPANE GAS NEAR THE BOILER ROOM.

AFTER ARRIVING AT THE SCENE, THE CHIEF SAYS HE USED A METER TO DETERMINE THERE WAS A LEAK AT THE 500 GALLON ABOVE GROUND PROPANE TANK.

A GAS COMPANY WAS CALLED TO THE SCENE AND THE CHIEF SAYS IT BECAME APPARENT THERE WAS MORE TO IT THAN JUST THE MAIN LEAK.

WHILE PERFORMING A MANDATORY PRESSURE TEST, SMALLER LEAKS WERE DISCOVERED ON A FEW OLDER PIPE FITTINGS THAT REQUIRED REPAIR.

JUST MORE THAN HALF A DOZEN FIREFIGHTERS WERE AT THE SCENE.

PREECE SENT HIS ENGINE BACK TO THE STATION SHORTLY BEFORE 3:30 A.M. AND HE REMAINED AT THE HOSPITAL UNTIL ABOUT FOUR A.M.