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Drilling crews hit gas line at Betz Elementary School


August 24, 2017

John McCallum

Cheney firefighter Ben Walters accompanies an Avista Utilities crewman as a safety precaution while searching for the location of a gas line at Betz Elementary School.

Crews doing site preparation work struck a natural gas line at Betz Elementary School last Wednesday afternoon, forcing evacuation of the few number of school staff present in the building at the time.

The incident, which happened around 1:40 p.m., came about when a crew from Geo Engineers struck a one-and-a-half-inch high pressure gas line feeding the school building. Cheney Fire Department Capt. Ken Johnson said the few Betz staff that were in the building, mainly custodial, were evacuated, and that residents along North Sixth Street next to the school were advised to shelter in place.


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