Just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, a private contractor was performing work on a driveway on Inspiration Way (just above Poli Street) when he inadvertently broke through a 2” main gas line that feeds 6 complexes with a backhoe. Firefighters arrived and evacuated a total of four homes and sheltered-in–place a total of 14 other homes. Ventura Police responded in addition to the Ventura Street department and closed Poli between Ann Street and Kalorama.
A specialized team from the Gas Company arrived and had to breach a new section of concrete in an attempt to gain access to the gas main from the supply side. Fire personnel shut all utilities down on the block and extended hose protection lines for fear of the gas source igniting. The gas line was accessed and successfully shut down. Fire crews are remaining on scene until all units have been secured and individuals are allowed to return to their homes. Ventura Police will reopen Poli Street as soon as equipment is released.