Columbia Gas of Virginia Responds to House Explosion, Assists With Investigation

For immediate release
Jennifer DuBois
(804) 768-6463 - office
(804) 658-8179 - cell

Chester, VA –February 2, 2014– Columbia Gas of Virginia last night at 10:15 p.m. responded to a report of an explosion in the Stafford Lakes subdivision in Fredericksburg. The house, located at 16 Hopkins Branch Way, was made safe by emergency responders including Columbia Gas of Virginia crews at 10:27 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Columbia Gas of Virginia continues to assist state and local officials investigating the cause of the explosion.

Columbia Gas of Virginia reminds any person smelling natural gas (similar to rotten eggs) to take the following safety steps: 

  • If you smell the odor of natural gas inside, please leave immediately.
  • Call 911 and Columbia Gas at 800-544-5606 from a safe location.
  • Stay there until a gas company representative arrives, or leave a note on your door stating the location where you can be reached.
  • If an appliance is out, do not attempt to re-light it –whether or not you smell the odor of gas. Columbia Gas representatives will restore service to your appliances.
  • If you detect natural gas, do not use matches, electric switches or any kinds of appliances or motorized tools.


About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to over 245,000 customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region and parts of Western Virginia. With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE. Learn more at


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