Statement of UGI Utilities Regarding the Explosion on North Fulton Street
06 Jan 2012
UGI Utilities is cooperating with Allentown Fire officials and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on the investigation into the explosion at 213 North Fulton Street.
UGI expresses its sympathies to those injured in the explosion and sends wishes for their speedy recovery.
Great Western, a contractor to UGI Utilities, had a crew on North Fulton Street working on a cast-iron main replacement project scheduled to be completed ahead of a City of Allentown street paving project. Two employees of the contractor and two residents of 213 North Fulton Street were taken to the hospital for checks and treatment of injuries.
Immediately following the explosion, UGI crews were on the scene and worked with city and fire officials to secure the incident area and make it safe. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration were informed of the incident.
UGI crews conducted leak surveys on Company natural gas facilities serving North Fulton Street and no leaks were detected in the immediate incident area, either in the street or around the house. The cast-iron main was not a factor in the explosion and there are no issues with UGI facilities serving North Fulton Street.
Representatives from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission are on the scene investigating the incident. Preliminary inspection of the customer-owned fuel line at 213 North Fulton Street has revealed a hole in the piping. UGI will cooperate with City Fire and regulatory officials in the investigation into this incident.
UGI’s Gas Division is headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania and serves approximately 320,000 customers in 15 southeastern Pennsylvania counties, including customers in and around Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Hazleton, Harrisburg, Lancaster and Reading. Additional information about UGI’s Gas Division is available at www.ugi.com.