No one was hurt but damage is estimated at $10,000 after a vehicle struck a house on Perrier Rd., shearing off the gas meter.
Nelson Fire Rescue Services said it received the call about 8:40 p.m. Friday and crews arrived to find natural gas flowing freely from the pipe and learned that an elderly woman was still inside the house.
The Nelson Police Department evacuated nearby homes.
“With the protection of a fire hose the crew was able to safely shut off the valve that was below meter to stop the flow of gas,” assistant chief Mike Daloise said in a news release.
“There was still a significant amount of natural gas inside the house and the removal of the occupant was of high priority. When the second crew arrived on scene to provide back up protection, the first crew entered with their self-contained breathing apparatus and was able to locate and remove the occupant to the care of an ambulance crew.”
RCMP are investigating the cause of the accident.
Daloise said FortisBC also responded to the incident, in addition to the other agencies.