News

Gas leak prompts evacuation of Coquitlam Centre

Coquitlam Centre was evacuated Sunday afternoon after a gas leak was discovered near the loading dock of the Bay department store.  - TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO
Coquitlam Centre was evacuated Sunday afternoon after a gas leak was discovered near the loading dock of the Bay department store.
— image credit: TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO

Holiday shoppers at Coquitlam Centre mall were evacuated Sunday afternoon after a gas leak was discovered near the loading dock of the Bay department store.

Coquitlam Fire and Rescue was on the scene shortly after 3:20 p.m. and Fortis was able to isolate the flow of gas and fix the leak.

Assistant fire chief Jim Ogloff said the evacuation was precautionary and the danger of a potential explosion was mitigated by the fact that the leak was outside  the mall.

"They did the right thing with the evacuation," he said. "You never want to take a chance."

The evacuation was announced over the mall's public address system at around 3:15 and shoppers were able to return by 4 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

ELECTION 2014: New city council pushes teamwork
 
Errington man battling BC Hydro
 
Police give the straight goods on roundabouts
How our first order Estevan Lens got chipped
 
Buckingham Palace a.k.a. Seagirt
 
Digging up history
Speeder is neater in Alberni
 
Qualicum Beach craft fair hits 35 years
 
Qualicum Beach charity helps students in Guatemala