Kamloops gas line blaze

A gas line fire near a home on Kipp Road in Kamloops, Sunday, May 3, 2015.

KAMLOOPS – Emergency crews responded to a gas line fire in Kamloops this afternoon.

Kamloops Fire Rescue was called to a home at 5500 Kipp Rd. in the Dallas area near the CP Rail tracks between the Trans Canada and South Thompson River at about 11:45 a.m. with reports of the broken gas line and flames shooting six feet in the air.

Fire captain Ken Baerg says a homeowner installing an underground sprinkler system hit the gas line, sparking the fire.

Crews kept the trees, bushes and a nearby garage wet as the gas burned, waiting about two hours for a Fortis B.C. crew to turn off the natural gas.

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— This story was updated at 2:21 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015 to add Fortis B.C. had turned off the gas.

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