Vail residents displaced by gas leak able to return home
Vail residents will be allowed to return to their homes Wednesday morning after being displaced by a gas leak at a West Vail construction site late Tuesday afternoon.
About 40 to 50 residents of a condominium complex on Meadow Ridge Road were evacuated from the area after a gas leak caused “elevated gas readings,” according to a recent press release from Vail Fire Marshal Ryan Ocepek.
Most of these residents were able to return to their homes by about 10 p.m. Tuesday.
The town opened a shelter at Donovan Pavilion for 14 residents who could not safely go back home. Blue Moose Pizza donated food for the residents.
The remaining 14 residents will be allowed to return to their homes later Wednesday morning.
The damaged gas line is located at a Marriott Residence Inn construction site at 1783 N. Frontage Road in Vail.
Crews from Vail Fire & Emergency Services and Xcel Energy were dispatched to the area at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday to assist in repairing a 4-inch gas line that had been damaged.
The gas leak was isolated at about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, but the crews remain on scene, according to the release. The cause of the leak remains under investigation.
North Frontage Road was closed between Buffehr Creek Road and Saddleridge Loop for three hours Tuesday due to the leak. The road reopened just before 7 p.m.
Portions of Meadow Ridge Road were also closed during the response.
During the response, first responders had difficulty accessing unoccupied units in the Meadow Ridge Road condominium complex, according to the release.
Residents are highly encouraged to provide keys to a building “Knox box,” emergency key boxes used by first responders when they need to make “rapid entry into units without damaging doors or windows,” the release stated.
Residents can sign up to receive emergency information through ECAlert.org or through the Vail Fire Community Connect service.