Many of you have heard that there was a gas explosion in Frenchtown on
Friday, April 10. I have spoken to Police Chief Al Kurylka and want to
share what we know.
Mid afternoon, while working to install gas connections to the River Mills
project on Bridge Street at Lower Second Street, a line burst and an
explosion released a jet of gas. A short time later, after work had begun
again, a second explosion released another jet of gas, this time,
overcoming one of the workers who was in the dug hole at the time. The man
later revived and declined further medical assistance.
Emergency crews from the fire company, the gas company and the rescue squad
responded. The Chief, who had already been on the scene, called in another
officer who was on duty at the time.
Residents were evacuated from nearby homes as a safety precaution and were
temporarily sent to Borough Hall until the gas company representatives
deemed the situation safe for them to return.
Other than the worker, no one was injured. No property was damaged.
Chief Kurylka tells me that his officers and all emergency personnel
responded quickly and professionally. For that, as always, we are immensely
appreciative. Thank you to all.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Warren Cooper, Mayor
Borough of Frenchtown
29 Second St.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825