PG&E: Gas smell came from equipment, not leak

October 29, 2010 2:27:15 PM PDT
With the investigation nearly complete at a San Jose warehouse that reported a gas smell this morning, the cause of the odor does not appear to be a gas leak, a PG&E spokesman said.

A gas odor was reported from a warehouse at 1592 Old Bayshore Highway around 9:45 a.m. today, a San Jose fire dispatcher said.

PG&E crews have checked for gas leaks at all but two of the eight to 10 businesses housed in the warehouse, but have only found one forklift that was emitting a gas smell, spokesman Matt Nauman said.

Pilot lights for all of the searched businesses were re-lit without incident, Nauman said.

"At this point, it doesn't appear to be anything more than equipment used on-site," Nauman said.

When the smell was reported, two engines, two trucks, two battalion chiefs and a hazardous incident team were sent to the warehouse, where they shut off the gas until PG&E arrived to investigate, the dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said some people apparently had to be evacuated from the warehouse after the initial report, but Nauman said anyone who was evacuated has been allowed back in.

No injuries were reported.