Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews were dispatched to respond to a reported gas leak on US 1 in Elgin Tuesday morning around 7:00 AM to assist the Blaney Fire Department. A tractor trailer had struck an SCE&G Natural Gas valve station on US 1 at Kelly Street in Elgin in front of Lugoff Auto Sales. Patrol Units from Elgin PD confirmed that natural gas was actively leaking from the highly-pressurized natural gas line and relayed the information to the fire crews. Lugoff Engine 10, Service 10, and Battalion 1 arrived to find natural gas actively leaking from the pressurized gas line and Lugoff crews established command of the incident. Crews requested a 400 foot area to be evacuated by law enforcement that included the Elgin Town Hall, Food Lion complex, BP gas station, and 4-5 homes in the immediate area as a precaution. Local SCE&G crews were quickly on scene who dispatched additional crews to the scene from Columbia who shut the gas off at the site of the leak while Lugoff Fire crews providing immediate fire protection measures with water supply, hose lines and crew members. This process allowed for the gas lines to continue operation within the city that supplied other homes and businesses. The gas leak was shut off around 9:50 AM and crews cleared the scene around 10 AM opening US 1. A detour was established from Chestnut Road to Smyrna Road to Sessions Road throughout the incident as US was shut-down for safety measures to be taken. SCDOT, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, and Elgin PD provided traffic control. Fire crews from Blaney, Doby’s Mill, Pine Grove, and Lugoff responded to the incident. There were injuries in the incident.
Interestingly, Lugoff Fire-Rescue has just hosted a county-wide training seminar provided by SCE&G and SCANA last week on June 25th to keep response training skills up-to-date for incidents such as the one experienced on US 1 in Elgin. “This incident today is a prime example of why we train as often as we do and why we conduct joint training meetings with our partners in public safety such as SCE&G. We never know when these incidents will occur, but today was a great testimony to the success we can have when we work together and train BEFORE an incident happens. I was very pleased with the response and the synergy demonstrated today by everyone involved” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated. SCE&G repaired the damaged line prior to lunch time on Tuesday and officials discussed the successful operations later in the d