From the Seminole County Newsroom
Seminole County Fire Department received multiple calls reporting an unknown type fire in the area of Michigan Avenue and Nebraska Avenue in the unincorporated area of Sanford, FL at 12:52 AM on September 10, 2020.
Upon arrival Seminole County Fire Department units on scene determined that a 12″ gas transmission line ruptured producing flames that were visible for miles, causing multiple downed power lines and a few small brush fires that were quickly extinguished. There was no imminent threat to homes in the area, however as a precaution the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office sent out a reverse 911 call informing the residents in the area to evacuate.
The gas line was shut down remotely by Florida Gas Transmission who supplies gas to Florida Public Utilities in that area. The gas companies have reported outages in the area. Duke Energy has reported power lines down and Florida Power & Light is evaluating for any damage. If any resident experiences power or gas outages, please contact your utility provider.
In order to restore service, at approximately 10:00 PM Thursday night, Florida Gas Transmission vented the line that was damaged in the fire that morning. The only thing they were venting was air, but warned that it would make a loud hissing sound for approximately 30 minutes. They reassured there would be no venting of gas.
There were no injuries reported from the explosion.
The USDOT Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety Administration is the investigating agency.
A total of 23 units with 41 personnel responded. Sanford Fire Department and Lake Mary Fire Department assisted on scene.