Buildings evacuated as crews combat a gas leak in Beloit

No one injured after car strikes bank, damaging gas line

Published On: Jul 05 2013 05:08:03 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 05 2013 05:09:07 PM CDT
TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. -

A car hit a Town of Beloit bank Friday morning, damaging a gas meter and causing a significant leak, authorities said.

The Town of Beloit Fire Department said multiple area crews went to BMO Harris Bank at about 9:33 a.m. after a car hit the south wall of the building.

The report said gas was coming from the main at about 115 psi and the bank and the neighboring Caritas building were evacuated by Town of Beloit police.

Firefighters used water to suppress the gas vapor until Alliant crews were able to shut down the gas main from the street, the fire department said. Once the gas was shut off, crews found a heavy concentration of gas accumulated inside the bank building. Fans were used to ventilate the building, the report said.

Alliant crews were on scene about 3 hours repairing the damage, the fire department said.

According to the report, no one was injured in the gas leak or accident. The driver of the car that hit the bank was treated on scene and released, fire officials said.
There was no structural damage to the building.

Two Beloit fire engines, a Town of Turtle crew, City of Beloit fire chief, Town of Beloit police, Janesville EMS and Alliant Energy utility crews assisted in the incident.
BMO Harris bank is at 2850 Prairie Ave.