Gas leak near Kaiser Richmond prompts shelter-in-place order

Richmond fire chief provides report on natural gas leak

A natural gas leak near Kaiser Richmond prompted a shelter-in-place order Tuesday afternoon.

Nearby residents were being asked to close their windows and turn off HVAC systems after the leak was reported at 1:01 p.m. at the corner of Nevin Avenue and Harbour Way.

A 3- to 4-inch commercial gas line was ruptured, although the cause of the leak is still under investigation, according to Deputy Fire Chief Emon Usher. Firefighters shut down a nearby post office and the Hacienda Grill at 1000 Nevin Ave. The wind was carrying the gas in a northeast direction, but was dissipating quickly, a fire official said.

“Natural gas tends to dissipate whereas propane tends to sit low and be more difficult to manage,” the fire official said. “But we certainly don’t want anyone out and about in the direction that the gas is going.”

PG&E and fire crews remained at the scene at 4 p.m. and nearby streets remained closed to traffic. Crews were concerned about ignition and a safety hose line was in place to protect workers and structures.

A Back-To-School carnival being held several blocks from the scene — at Nevin Park — was not affected.

Bay City News contributed to this report