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Explosion reported at Pierce Transit center; suggested evacuations

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm with 11 Comments »
February 28, 2011 6:34 pm

An explosion at a Pierce Transit facility in Lakewood has prompted a 2nd alarm fire response from surrounding agencies and a suggested evacuation for residents within a quarter mile radius.

About 40 firefighters from Lakewood, University Place and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue are trying to douse the flames, which were reported just after 5 p.m. at the center at 96th and South Tacoma Way.

“It appears to be compressed natural gas,” said Pierce Transit spokesman Lind Simonsen.

Puget Sound Energy is attempting to shut off the gas line.

“Upon arrival, firefighters saw lots of fire, had to get back at least 300 feet and now they’re putting it out,” said Lakewood Fire spokeswoman Hallie McCurdy. “It was incredibly hot and they could tell the fire was under a lot of pressure.”

Simonsen says no workers or vehicles were nearby when the explosion and fire broke out in the area where natural gas is compressed so it can be used to power buses.

He says the metal building where the compressors are held is located some distance from the transit administration building.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. JudasEscargot says:

    Thank our lucky stars there are professional firefighters available.

  2. A monkey could put a fire out!

  3. fivecardstud says:

    I’d like to see a monkey put out a fire. Especially a gas fire under pressure.

  4. These are the enviromentally friendly busses?

  5. Hefeweisen says:

    Mudbone – I’m guessing that based on your comment that your nickname/handle is accurate and that “mud” is what occupies the center of the “bone” that sits on top of your shoulders. Take a banana and……

  6. Very glad nobody was hurt – or worse. Exhaust from a CNG burning bus is supposed to be very clean; water vapor, mostly….if it’s burning correctly. As environmentally friendly as gas hot water heaters, furnaces, stoves. I would like to see the numbers of people killed by electricity. You don’t hear about them, but I’m willing to bet the number would be “shockingly” high. (sorry! bad!) As for firefighters, yeah, they’re great, but didn’t they have to kinda stay back until the gas company guys turned off the gas? Huhm. Of course, I’m sure fivecardstud will very much appreciate the F.D. when they one day have to respond to a medical emergency at his house…or maybe he’ll call monkeys…

  7. Oops. no I meant Mudbone!! NOT fivecardstud…he obviously knows the difference! Sorry fivecardstud!! Love ya.

  8. tree_guy says:

    Thank our lucky stars there are professional firefighters available.

    Read more:

    Well, Judas, they’re not volunteers and their appearance at the fire was not related to any “lucky stars.” The taxpayers pay a dear price to have these men ready to respond. I’d say we can thank the taxpayers.

  9. alindasue says:

    Yep. We can thank the taxpayers.
    THIS is why we pay taxes for public services.

  10. trekontenner says:

    It might all have been a show to see if Pierce Transit could milk some more money out of your pocket? Who knows!

  11. trekontenner, I seriously doubt there was some conspiracy here.

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