Construction Crew Breaks Gas Line in Orleans

Orleans Police and Fire blocked Cove Road, snarling traffic...
Orleans Police and Fire officials cordoned off the area around the former Phoenix Fruit and Product complex after a work crew broke a gas line. (Orleans Fire-Rescue Dept. photo)

A construction crew working at the former Phoenix Fruit and Produce complex in Orleans today broke a gas line, causing Orleans Police and Fire to block off the area until National Grid arrived to secure the line.

All of Cove Road was blocked and traffic was snarled throughout the downtown area.

The complex at 14 and 18 Cove Road was recently sold to Orleans Centre VI LLC.  Managers of the LLC are listed as Michael Wallace of Framingham and Paul Van Steensel of Orleans.  The LLC purchase the property for $689,000 according to Barnstable County land records.  The LLC took out $1,950,000 in loans through Seamen's Bank.

The site was meticulously marked out with Dig Safe flags and markings.  It is unknown how the work crew managed to dig up the gas line. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on