La Crosse Fire Dept. sees uptick in gas strikes

La Crosse’s fire department asking residents check for gas lines before starting summer projects.

So far this year, the fire department has been called out to more than 15 underground gas line strikes.

That doubles the national average.

The fire chief blames the problem on people not going through the proper procedures before they dig, like calling and checking where their gas lines are.

“Natural gas floating around is lighter than air. That’s not a good situation if it reaches concentrations high enough and if it finds an ignition source it can flash back through the pipe,” said¬† Fire Chief Gregg Cleveland.

If you’re doing any type of digging call the Diggers Hotline (800) 242-8511 or 811.