A Saskatoon Fire Department fire truck at Fire Station No. 3.
Matt Olson / Saskatoon StarPhoenix / Saskatoon
A natural gas leak from an underground valve shut down the intersection of 22nd Street at Idylwyld Drive and the surrounding area for approximately three hours on Monday night.The gas leak was discovered at 8:38 p.m. by Saskatoon firefighters, who happened to be driving through the intersection while returning from a call. The crew stopped to investigate after noticing the smell of natural gas, and discovered gas leaking from a valve cover at the intersection, according to a fire department news release.Another crew arrived with gas detection equipment, and determined there was a high concentration of natural gas. SaskEnergy was called to the scene and determined gas was leaking from an underground valve.The fire department closed down the intersection to keep the public safe. Saskatoon police secured an even wider area, closing down the intersections of 22nd Street at Avenue C, 22nd Street at Auditorium Avenue, Idylwyld Drive at 20th Street and Idylwyld Drive at 23rd Street.Firefighters found gas leaking into the manholes, and city crews were called in to help remove manhole covers to ventilate the gas. Two businesses in the area were tested for natural gas and found to be safe.SaskEnergy was later able to repair the valve and stop the leak.Firefighters stayed on scene with SaskEnergy to monitor gas levels, and at 11:21 p.m. SaskEnergy confirmed the levels were safe enough to allow the intersection to reopen.