Natural gas fires

  • Let it burn. Contact National Grid and wait for them to arrive. Meanwhile, evacuate the area and protect exposures.
  • For structure fires, shut off the gas supply ONLY if you can safely access the meter. Once gas is off, remain alert for gas migration and possible reignition.
  • Do not use water to suppress a natural gas fire, as it is ineffective. However, a fog spray can be used to cool combustible exposures. Utility personnel and the incident commander will tell you how to proceed.
Firemen responding to a natural gas fire

If National Grid does not distribute natural gas in your department’s response area, please coordinate your incident response with the appropriate local gas utility.