Saanich firefighters block Travino Lane during an evacuation of Royal Oak middle school on Thursday at about 2 p.m. A suspected gas leak forced the evacuation. Wolf Depner/News Staff

UPDATE: Students at Royal Oak middle school return to class after gas leak evacuation

Class interrupted for suspected gas leak at 2 p.m. Thursday

The head of the local school district says the evacuation of Royal Oak middle school Thursday afternoon went off as planned.

“We had a beautiful evacuation,” said David Eberwein, superintendent of schools and chief executive officer for Saanich School District 63.

An estimated number of 700 students plus faculty and staff evacuated from the school off West Saanich Road to a nearby park after receiving a report of a gas leak.

It’s believed a worker from a construction crew hit the gas line along Travino Lane a little after 1:30 p.m.

“FortisBC crews are currently on site at Travino Lane in Saanich making repairs to a damaged natural gas service line which was caused by a third party working in the area,” said a release from FortisBC. The company said its crews had shut off the gas by 1:50 p.m, with repairs said to be underway.

Members of the Saanich Fire Department responded and remained on scene until well after 2 p.m. Saanich Police also attended the scene, closing off access roads to the school and directing traffic in out and out of the area.

Students returned to school about 2:20 p.m. after having received the all-clear.

Eberwein said regular classes resumed after the incident, with classes concluding around 3 p.m.

Always call or click before you dig regarding the location of buried gas lines and other utilities, 1-800-474-6886 or bconecall.ca.

reporter@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Intruder breaks into Langford couple’s home

The intruder was high and thought the house was his

Council scraps other ideas; JSB steel will only be used for art

City staff wanted an open bid to get rid of steel that’s coated in toxic lead paint

WATCH: Grand opening of the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch Library

Community members speak to the namesakes of the newest GVPL addition

B.C. Ferries cancels Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen sailings over propulsion problem

11:00 ferry now good to go, but lines anticipated

WATCH: City approves Wharf, Humboldt Street bike lanes

Changing intersections, creating pedestrian plazas and more on the agenda

Buy a lotto ticket and be a hero to B.C. burn victims

The Hometown Heroes Lottery is offering up seven grand prizes including a home in Lake Country

Passersby help rescue occupants of home as fire breaks out in Courtenay

Coffee run turns into fire rescue for pair of men

Giant beer tanks arrive in new B.C. home city

Molson Coors tanks finish river journey and move to overland trip in Chilliwack

VIDEO: Pipeline supporters rally across B.C.

Five simultaneous events organized by month-old Suits and Boots lobby group

VIDEO: B.C. woman praises burn fund after boat explosion in 1978

White Rock woman was 16 years old when she was left with second- and third-degree burns

B.C.’s Ryan Craig, Vegas Golden Knights chase history

Local product behind bench for expansion team’s incredible championship run

CP rail workers give strike notice

Employees could walk out as early as Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT

Council scraps other ideas; JSB steel will only be used for art

City staff wanted an open bid to get rid of steel that’s coated in toxic lead paint

RCMP investigating after gunshots fired in Courtenay

Comox Valley RCMP officers are investigating after gunshots rang out in Courtenay… Continue reading

Most Read