Gas Line Struck on Read Street, Six Homes Evacuated

A forklift struck a natural gas heater, the fire chief said.


A natural gas heater broke at a business on North Read Street in Cinaminson's East Riverton section causing six area homes to be evacuated Sunday evening, said Fire Chief William Kramer.

The call came in shortly after 6:45 p.m. and the area should be cleaned up by 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, Kramer added.

As of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the building was being ventilated.

"As a precaution," Kramer said, "we did evacuate six houses on North Randolph Street."

Those residents will be back in their homes shortly, Kramer said.

Workers at the business—Medical Express, located at 407 North Read Street—were operating a forklift when it struck a natural gas heater that hangs from the ceiling.

No injuries were reported.

Cinnaminson, Riverton and Palmyra squads were called to the scene.

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John January 21, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Oh boy, besides flooding they have a problem with forklift drivers hitting gas lines....I am glad that no one got hurt....they sure were lucky
felicia horton January 21, 2013 at 01:30 AM
we are still not allowed home... as of 8:25 tonight we are being told no estimated time of being allowed into out homes
Cindy Pierson January 21, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Felicia - If you need a place close by to hang out until they let you back in, you are welcome over here on South Pompess - my contact info is on my blog post about MLK Day.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Felicia, Make sure you keep us updated when you are allowed to return home. Hope it's very soon.
Cindy Pierson January 21, 2013 at 02:07 AM
And coincidentally, my maiden name was Horton -
Diane January 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Not sure why you weren't back in by 8:30. I was evacuated at 6:45 and got a call an hour later that it was safe to return.
felicia horton January 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM
I was able to get back in by 9.. diane i went to my families home in beverly. I kept calling central like the police told me. They gave me the ok at 9pm
John January 21, 2013 at 04:15 PM
@dajoepa75, I know your off today for MLK day, I got to see the hockey game and boy do the Flyers look rusty, besides the gas line damage looks like they will have a up and down season....good luck to all the families involved with the situation...
John January 21, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I will do my best, this weather really is for the birds....Have you seen the new speed race way, I have given them some ideas on how to expand it but people will be people I do not understand how some can make bad comments oh well such is life....a good day to yourself....


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