Firefighters, North Cowichan personnel and ambulance attendants were all on scene at Croft Place for a gas leak incident from a tank near Sandpiper Gardens and Glass. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Gas leak prompts mop-up response in Chemainus

Thorough check made of Croft Place before residents and business people return

A strong smell of gasoline Monday morning around Sandpiper Gardens and Glass that penetrated into Croft Place prompted residents and business people to vacate the building until firefighters and North Cowichan officials could do a thorough check before they returned.

Martin Drakeley, North Cowichan’s manager of fire and bylaw services, stopped short of calling it an evacuation which would have resulted in an entirely different response.

The source of the leak was a gas tank at Sandpiper that had been drilled into during the early-morning hours Monday by a thief stealing gas.

Fuel drained onto the ground and got into the storm basin, according to Drakeley.

“We checked all the areas with gas detection equipment,” he said. “Everything was fine. It was just a strong smell.”

Public works members from North Cowichan were on the scene to flood the storm basin and dilute the fuel.

After more than an hour, “we’re doing one final pass through the buildings making sure we have no readings,” said Drakeley.

About 15 firefighters from the Chemainus and Crofton fire departments attended, as well as two members with operations of public works for North Cowichan and ambulance personnel.

Drakeley added public works would be making sure there’s no more fuel on the ground. If there is after a period of time, the Ministry of Environment would need to be contacted but Drakeley didn’t expect that to happen.

None of the residents or anyone in the vicinity was injured or suffered any severe consequences from the gas odour.

Harry Mose, a former Port Hardy mayor and president of the strata council for Croft Place who now lives in Nanaimo, was alerted about the incident and made the trip to Chemainus.

“One of my council members called me and said there was gas (smell) in the hallways,” he said. “It’s really strong, the second floor hallway. You can get light-headed in a hurry.”

There are three floors to the building. Businesses are on the ground floor, with six units on the second floor and two on the top. All residents home at the time were outside until given the ‘all clear.’

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Chemainus Fire Department’s Paul Windsor updates Croft Place residents on the situation in the buiilding. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Fire Department’s Paul Windsor converses with Crofton Fire Department’s Rick Smith behind Sandpiper Gardens and Glass about the gas leak situation. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Just Posted

No one hurt in Maple Bay Road fire

Fire under investigation

North Cowichan to police popular trails to ensure physical distancing

“You can expect delays accessing Mount Tzouhalem, or even to be turned away.”

Duncan’s Pat Kay copes with Olympic roller-coaster

‘Confusing time’ as Canada pulls out due to COVID-19, followed by IOC postponement

Editorial: It’s never too early to think about water conservation

The weir at Cowichan Lake resumed operations for 2020 on March 18.

Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

The virus has now infected more than 10,000 Canadians and cost 130 their lives

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

B.C. health officer says homemade masks may prevent spread of COVID-19 to others

Practising physical distancing, frequent hand washing and resisting touching your face are proven methods

B.C.’s senior home staff measures show results in COVID-19 battle

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s order restricts care aides to one facility

Ferry breaks down at Nanaimo’s Departure Bay, several sailings cancelled

B.C. Ferries vessel the Queen of Oak Bay held in dock in Nanaimo due to main engine issue

Independent investigation praises RCMP actions in Vancouver Island suicide attempt

Man hurt in incident that took place near Nanoose Bay in September of 2019

‘A matter of human decency’: Truckers’ union calls on gas stations, rest stops to fully re-open

Teamsters Canada wants feds, provinces to put pressure on facilities to re-open for transport workers

B.C. unveils $3.5M COVID-19 emergency fund for post-secondary students

Money will help students cover living expenses, food, travel, portable computers

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Most Read