Gas leak prompts evacuation in Parksville
Businesses along Hirst Street were briefly evacuated Monday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m. after construction workers hit a gas leak.
"The gas guys responded really quickly," said Parksville Heavy Equipment employee Scott Benson.
"There was no fire, if anything it was more of a nuisance."
Fortis B.C. attended the scene, cleaned up the leak and were on their way within half an hour of the incident.
Vancouver Island Insurance Centre and Salvation Army Boutique Thrift Store closed their doors immediately, vacating their staff and customers, but both stores were able to reopen within the hour.
Parksville Heavy Equipment construction workers resumed digging, as well.
The workers, contracted by the City of Parksville, are renovating the sidewalk, curb and gutter and putting in an irrigation system and tree plants along Hirst Street.