A strong gas smell is being reported in the area. - Image Credit: 5iveby5ive Media

UPDATE: Gas leak prompts road closure

The Kelowna Fire Department has secured the scene, blocking Asher to traffic.

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m.

Asher Road in Rutland has reopened after a gas leak forced a closure early Tuesday afternoon.

“We received a call at about 12:03 p.m. and we arrived on site at 12:25 p.m. and determined that it was third-party damage to a service line,” says Nicole Bogdanovic with Fortis.

Crews controlled the leak and repaired the line. Bogdanovic says just one customer was affected and their service should be restored by 2 p.m.

“With people thinking about their spring yard work, this is a good reminder to the public that the majority of damages to our system are preventable. Always “Call before you dig” to obtain information on the location of buried gas lines and other utilities. The toll-free number for BC One Call is 1-800-474-6886.”

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ORIGINAL:

A reported gas leak has shut down a road in Rutland.

A witness at the scene tells the Cap News there was a strong smell of gas in the area of Leathead Road at Asher Road.

The Kelowna Fire Department secured the scene, blocking Asher to traffic.

FortisBC crews are now onsite.

The Cap News is waiting to hear back from Fortis and will update this story as more information comes available.

Send your best news tips, photos and video to newstips@kelownacapnews.com.

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