UPDATE: Walmart open for business after sprinkler leak

Fire crews temporarily evacuated new store at Mt. Lehman interchange after a sprinkler line was broken.

Firefighters on the scene at Highstreet shopping centre.



Walmart is open for business – again.

The new store at the Highstreet Shopping Centre on Mt. Lehman Road was evacuated early Sunday morning after Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service team members responded to a sprinkler alarm.

When they arrived, the crew found a broken sprinkler line and detected a strong smell of gas.

Fearing a gas leak, firefighters shut down power, gas and water service, and evacuated all personnel from the facility. They also ventilated the area.

But no gas leak was found.

“To be cautious, we treated it initially as a gas leak, but further identified that it wasn’t,” explained Deputy Fire Chief Mike Helmer on Monday morning.

Two lines were broken – a sprinkler line and an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) line.

The lines were struck by a forklift being operated at Walmart.

Helmer said the initial smell of gas was likely caused when the sprinkler line was broken.

He explained that when sprinkler piping is installed, oil is used for the fittings. He believes the smell was caused by the residue in the pipes.

“It’s a petroleum-based type of odour.”

While there was water damage caused by the leak, Walmart was open again just over four hours later.

Tanya Curtis, marketing director at Highstreet said there was minimal disruption for Walmart customers. The other current tenants, London Drugs, Marshall’s and Bouclair Home are also open for business as usual.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Poor ventilation likely cause of carbon monoxide incident at Delta farm

All 42 patients have been released from hospital, according to Delta Fire

LETTER: Township has much to do the day before Christmas

A Langley letter writer shares her prose about Township Langley council preparing for Christmas Day.

Santa, Moana drop in on Aldergrove children’s party: PHOTOS

Annual Christmas party for children hosted by Aldergrove Elks

Langley families spend time with the man in red

Willows Church hosted a Santa Claus Breakfast Saturday morning, attracting lots of folks.

VIDEO: Goalie of Langley-based Giants kept door shut to U.S. league-leaders

Vancouver G-Men defeated the Winterhawks Tuesday 5-3 at LEC, now 1-0 in Portland Friday night.

Site C decision coming Monday morning

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

VIDEO: Man frustrated that Vancouver taxi driver won’t take him home to New Westminster

Kuldip Gill says that not being able to get a ride to the suburbs is a constant problem

Legacy of Amanda Todd lives on through B.C. foundation

Todd’s mother Carol stresses the importance of putting the phone down and talking with children

UPDATE: Train hits hydro pole, causes outage near Deltaport

No injuries reported but traffic in and out of Deltaport is blocked

VIDEO: Vancouver Whitecaps acquire star striker Kei Kamara

Kamara has 103 goals and 39 assists in 298 appearances over 11 Major League Soccer seasons

Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps, but valuable health tool: study

UBC researchers found the iPhone underestimated steps by 21.5 per cent

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

Most Read