On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, a MI Windows and Doors manufacturing facility in Prescott Valley, Ariz., experienced a ruptured gas line. Nearly 300 employees on site were evacuated and no injuries were reported.

MI officials confirmed to DWM that the gas line ruptured due to a forklift inside the facility.

“The driver had a load on and lifted, and while backing up, the mast got caught on the gas line,” says Todd Stanford, a marketing department creative writer for MI Windows and Doors.

The Daily Courier reports that a hazardous materials team and firefighters with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) responded to the scene around 10:30 a.m. The gas in the building was shut off, followed by a metered check for every floor. CAFMA Fire Marshall, Rick Chase, reports that no gas was found.

“We have emergency response plans for a reason,” says Mike Reinert, Prescott Valley general manager for MI Windows and Doors. “We followed protocol to a T, which is why no one was hurt and no equipment was damaged. Our team executed the plan flawlessly while waiting for the first responders to arrive.”

Of the 300 or so employees evacuated, no one was injured, and all were allowed to re-enter the building following the check.

“Most importantly, we’re grateful that everyone is safe,” says Reinert. “We just had a short delay Tuesday and then got back to work. We want to thank the firefighters and first responders for taking care of the situation so quickly.”

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