Cracked gas line causes tense moments at Heartland Health Care - FOX 32 News Chicago

Cracked gas line causes tense moments at Heartland Health Care

Posted: Updated:

By ROOP RAJ
MyFox Detroit Reporter

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (MyFox Detroit)
-- There was nearly three hours of waiting inside of a dining hall at the Heartland Health Care facility in West Bloomfield on Farmington Road.  Around 8:45 a.m., construction crews redoing the parking lot and first floor cracked a two inch hole in a gas line74 people were evacuated from one wing into another and kept inside the building standing by to move at a moment's notice.

"They just rushed everybody out into the hall where they made sure we were all safe," said Shirley Via.

However, for the people inside every second was filled with questions and worries as to whether something would spark causing an explosion.

"You didn't know if the building was going to blow up or not.  You know, accidents happen.  It scared me," Via remarked.

Fox 2 has learned that there were flags on the ground in the area that they were excavating to make sure that the subcontractors didn't hit a gas line, but we do understand that there was some area that there were questions as to whether or not it was labeled appropriately.  That's what investigators are looking at now.

Management from Heartland said their staff responded appropriately and immediately.

Why the line was hit?  T. H. Marsh Construction out of Royal Oak is working to find out.  A possibly explosive situation was diffused.  Family members of patients rushed in to see if everything was all right.

Despite the worries of the people inside, investigators told Fox 2 they were ready to move all 74 people outside of the building.  In fact, they had ambulances staged just a half block away to make sure, if necessary, they could move them out at a moment's notice.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher charged with sexual assault.

    Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher charged with sexual assault.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:46:42 GMT
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Evan Reed, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Evan Reed, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.
  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:15:40 GMT
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices