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Ward 6 Firefighters have had a busy afternoon At 3:18pm, Ward 6 Brush 22, Service 10, and Unit 901 responded to a reported woods fire in the 1100 blk of Hwy 27
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By Ward Six Fire Protection District No. One
April 3, 2024

Upon arrival, a landowner was burning piles of logs in the wooded area behind the skating rink. Brush 22 extinguished an area of fire that spread from the initial burn pile. The landowner used a dozer to construct a fire line around the burning log piles.

Please be aware of windy conditions when deciding to burn.

At 6:05 pm Ward 6 was dispatched to the 300 blk of Bankens Road to investigate a possible leak at a pipeline pumping station. Upon arrival a high pressure leak of Carbon Dioxide was discovered at the pumping station. The pipeline owner was notified and firefighters closed Bankens Rd.

Carbon Dioxide is a non-flammable gas; however, it displaces oxygen. Calcasieu OHSEP was notified and a command requested a shelter in place for 1/4 mile in all directions around the site.

La. State Police Haz Mat and LA DEQ were also notified of the incident. HOUSTON RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT was requested with an Engine company and manpower.

Pipeline representatives arrived on scene at approx. 7:40pm. A Pipeline crew utilizing SCBAs entered the area to recon the leak at 8:20pm. A team of Firefighters was staged as the rapid intervention crew. Crews were able to secure the leak and exited the hazard area at 8:29pm. Continuous air monitoring was conducted throughout the incident and the shelter in place was lofted at 9:15pm when all reading were showing normal.

All emergency response crews cleared the incident scene at approx 9:30pm.

At 9:40pm, Ward 6 Engine 11 and Unit 901 responded to a report of powerlines arcing on High Hope Rd at Hebert rd. Upon arrival electrical arcing was observed on the fuses above the transformer on a utility pole. BECI was notified and crews are standing by until they arrive on scene.


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