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Golden FD evacuates 12 mobile homes after gas leak

Oct. 25 incident alarms residents, but no injuries occur

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Twenty-two residents from 12 units in the Golden Terrace community were evacuated at about 11 a.m. Oct. 25 after a gas leak occurred on Zeta Street, just past West Fourth Avenue.

A construction company working on a water system replacement project in the mobile home park hit a two-inch, high pressure double feed gas line at about 10 minutes before 11 a.m., said Wes Polk, the incident commander with Golden Fire Department.

Golden police and fire and rescue arrived on scene shortly after the hit.

Xcel Energy arrived at about 11:15 a.m. and was able to stop the leak by about 11:20 a.m., Polk said. No injuries occurred from the incident, and residents were allowed back into their homes at about 11:30 a.m., he said.

Martha Hamburger, a resident on intersecting B Street, reported hearing the sirens and smelling a strong odor resembling rotten eggs — a smell added to gas lines to help warn of a leak.

The community has to deal with power outages every once in a while, Hamburger said, who has lived in her residence since 1999, “but nothing quite like this.”

The incident gave another B Street resident, Joyce Clinger, a little bit of a scare, she said. Being from the East Coast where the gas lines are old — some as old as the 1880s, she said — Clinger has seen reports of housing blowing up from gas leaks.

The water system replacement project has been going on since spring of this year, and residents estimated the project is supposed to wrap up by the end of October. Clinger, who has lived in her home for 16 years, has been keeping an eye on the project because something like this can occur anytime major digging goes on, she said.

Clinger heard about the gas leak from a neighbor, who was told of it from a different neighbor. B Street residents have a good, neighborly relationship, Clinger said.

“This little group takes care of each other,” she said. “It's a good street.”

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