Construction crews working near a new fire station at 840 E. 11th Ave. severed a two-inch natural gas line about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, setting off a blowtorchlike flame that shot 30-feet into the air.
Fire officials believe the fire started from sparks from the crew's backhoe.A Mountain Fuel Supply Co. crew dug a separate hole about 20-feet from the flame to reach the line and clamped off the gas supply about 4:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported. The flame shot toward the new fire station, which is about 70 percent complete. Fire officials said the flame posed a greater danger to the uncompleted building than it did to nearby homes.