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Sandy Fred Meyer is open again

Broken gas line has been fixed and the store is open for business


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GARY MCQUEEN - The Sandy Fred Meyer parking lot is empty except for several emergency personnel vehicles. A gas leak was reported, and the store was completely evacuated at about 8 a.m. Thursday.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GARY MCQUEEN - Havoc technicians and crews from Northwest Natural Gas repair a broken gas line that had been damaged by a forklift inside Fred Meyer.The Sandy Fred Meyer store,16625 362nd Ave., is open again, after being evacuated and closed Thursday morning when someone with a forklift hit a gas line in a storage area inside the store and created a leak.

Sandy Fire District firefighters were on the scene along with Sandy police officers to secure the area.

Initially, the store was evacuated, and firefighters shut off the flow of gas to the store, while they waited for the arrival of Northwest Natural Gas crews.

The Fred Meyer store was closed at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday and a perimeter completely evacuated. The store remained closed for a couple of hours, said a spokesperson for the Sandy Fire Department, until the leak was fixed and any gas remaining in the store was evacuated.

The Fred Meyer gas station remained open during the incident, and could be accessed from either Champion or Industrial ways.