Firm responsible for gas line rupture misidentified

The firm whose worker ruptured a 2-inch gas line at the construction site for the new Holy Trinity Catholic Church Monday was misidentified.

The company whose worker was responsible was Winger Electric, according to the general contractor, Kolacia Construction Co.

The previous report that the man worked for Riley-Armstrong Plumbing & Heating was incorrect.

Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter said that a worker hit the 2-inch gas line between St. Edmond Catholic School and the partially-constructed church around 1:15 p.m. on Monday.

Some kids were outside at recess, and were sent inside as a precaution, but there was no need to evacuate the school, Hergenreter said.

Firefighters with air meters were able to confirm there was no danger to the school.

MidAmerican Energy crews arrived quickly and were able to take care of the leak and begin to make repairs.

Sixth Avenue North near the school was closed during the incident, but was opened up again fairly quickly, Hergenreter said. Fire crews were done on scene about 2:15 p.m., and the school was able to dismiss as normal.

Crews were back working on the project Tuesday.

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