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Home Explosion Update: Gas Co. Assisting Investigation, Offers Emergency Tips

After Stafford County home destroyed, what to do if you think you smell gas in your house.

The unoccupied house at 16 Hopkins Branch Way exploded around 9 p.m. Saturday, potentially due to a gas leak. No injuries were reported. Photo by Stafford County Fire Department.
The unoccupied house at 16 Hopkins Branch Way exploded around 9 p.m. Saturday, potentially due to a gas leak. No injuries were reported. Photo by Stafford County Fire Department.
Columbia Gas of Virginia has released a statement following the Saturday night explosion in the Stafford Lakes subdivision near Fredericksburg.

The unoccupied house at 16 Hopkins Branch Way exploded around 9 p.m. Saturday, potentially due to a gas leak. No injuries were reported.

In a statement Sunday, Columbia Gas said that company crew members helped secure the home following the explosion, and they were working with state and local investigators to determine the cause of the blast.

The company also offered tips for people who smell what may be a natural gas leak (similar to rotten eggs). 

• If you smell the odor of natural gas inside, please leave immediately.
• Call 911 and Columbia Gas at 800-544-5606 from a safe location.
• Stay there until a gas company representative arrives, or leave a note on your door stating the location where you can be reached.
• If an appliance is out, do not attempt to re-light it –whether or not you smell the odor of gas. Columbia Gas representatives will restore service to your appliances.
• If you detect natural gas, do not use matches, electric switches or any kinds of appliances or motorized tools.
Jayden Eden July 02, 2014 at 08:08 PM
Many people seem to underestimate how important it is to be aware of gas leaks. If you smell something funny, you should definitely leave the room and inspect what is causing it. Many gases are odorless, however. Jayden Eden | http://www.hipowersystems.com/Oil-and-Gas/4/natural_gas_generators/13

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