Correction: Colonie Deputy Fire Coordinator, Michael Romano originally stated that the damage to the gas line was done by a contractor working for National Grid. This is not correct according to National Grid. The damage was done by a third-party contractor doing work for another utility, but not National Grid. This story has been updated to reflect the correction.
COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Colonie police say a private construction company struck and ruptured a large high-pressure natural gas line on Joy Drive around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday. Crews secured the gas line after multiple agencies responded.
Many streets were closed down and residents were asked to shelter in place or voluntarily evacuate.
However people weren’t the only concern, they learned there was a dog alone in the house right next to the gas leak with fumes potentially filling the home.
“The drill went in the ground and the next thing I saw was dirt coming out of the ground,” said Samantha Moore.
Samantha Moore was outside gardening when she saw a crew working on a telephone pole. She then heard a bang and eventually started to smell gas.
“The crew obviously hit something, and I thought that wasn’t right,” said Moore.
Colonie Fire Department Chief Michael Romano says once they heard about the dog they sprung into action.
“The neighbors weren’t home, and crews were finally were able to get into the house. The levels were so high with gas,” said Marie Altieri.
“I was more concerned about them they have young babies and a puppy was in the house. So I was more concerned about them than I was myself,” said Moore.
The dog was safely removed from the home. Altieri says she is glad no one got hurt and the rest will be taken care of.
“We’ll be fine I could smell it in my house, but I’m not worried about it. The way crews explained it to us, they got it all under control, and we have nothing to be worried about,” said Altieri.
After digging two major holes and burning off the gas, the leak was officially fixed. First responders ask residents to remain cautious.
Multiple agencies responded including:
- Shaker Road Loudonville Fire Department
- West Albany Fire Department
- Colonie Fire Company
- Verdoy Fire Department
- Town of Colonie Fire Services
- Colonie EMS
- Colonie Police Department.
Police say the following roads were closed to traffic:
- Joy Drive
- Cliff Top Drive
- Kim Drive
- Cypress Drive
- Acorn Drive
- Parts of Marie Parkway.