Gas leak forces evacuations in West Valley

Posted at 7:22 PM, Dec 31, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-31 21:22:56-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A natural gas leak forced the evacuation of at least 27 homes Monday evening in West Valley City.

Evacuations began around 5:30 p.m. when Questar Gas workers found a concentration of natural gas in the sewer near 5750 W 3500 S.

Questar Gas spokesman Darren Shepherd said they hope to let residents back into their homes Monday night. If they are unable to let residents go back to their homes, they will pay for overnight lodging for those affected by the leak.

West Valley fire officials said they did not respond to the scene because the gas concentrations present did not pose the risk of an explosion.