Propane leak under control on E Brundage Lane

Posted at 11:24 AM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 22:53:05-04

Kern County Fire officials were working to stop this propane leak on E Brundage Lane and Mount Vernon Ave. on Wednesday afternoon. 

Cindy Huge, an official with the American Red Cross tells 23ABC that the organization has set up an evacuation center at Heritage Park.

KCFD officials said East Brundage is still closed between Mount Vernon and Quantico as fire crews work to control the leaking propane tank.

According to KCFD, just before 11 a.m., they responded to the call and crews are there to control the leak.

Officials are concerned are about the ignition sources.

As a precaution, they isolated the area and evacuated people nearby. Kern County Fire officials said anyone within 1500 feet of the leak are advised to shelter in place.

Valley Private Schools is currently taking shelter.  

KCFD officials said an estimated 150 faculty and students have been evacuated from Valley School. Two adult females and two children have been transported to the hospital as a precaution. 

The Kern County Fire department says their first attempts to stop the tanker leak did not work.

They will be consulting with a private company and then attempt to stop the leak another way.

No word yet on how long the process will take or when the road will open, or when the evacuations, or shelter in place will be lifted. 

Both directions  of E. Brundage Ln., at MT. Vernon will remain closed until after 6:30 PM as a propane tanker truck continues to leak.

All attempts to stop the tanker leak have been unsuccessful. The Kern County fire department says at this point they are letting the propane leak out of the tank until it is empty.

The power is turned off at surrounding businesses so no ignition source will be present.

The leak is expected to continue for the next four hours. 

One Northbound lane on MT Vernon is closed at Brundage Lane.