Riverside Fire Department

Iowa Incident

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Incident Name: Iowa Incident

Date Reported: 10/19/2023

Time Reported: 1130 Hours

Incident Location: 2995 Iowa Ave, Riverside, CA 92507

Ward #: Ward 1 Edwards

Type of Incident: Natural Gas Leak

Incident Number: RIV #23-035530

Control Time: 10/19/2023 at 1400 Hours





Non Injury:

Displaced Persons:




  • Unintentional
  • Evacuations: 10 Businesses

    Evacuation Comments: Evacuation order lifted.

    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 3

    Engine Companies: 3

    Truck Companies: 1



    Firefighter(s): 20

    Safety Officer(s): 1

    Public Information Officer(s): 1

    Fire Investigator(s):

    Overhead Personnel: 3

    Mutual Aid:

    Specialized Equipment:

  • Haz-Mat
  • EOC: Yes

    Utilities: Southern California Gas Company

    Red Cross:

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    Current Situation

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    The City of Riverside Fire Department responded to 2995 Iowa Ave to the construction site located in the front of Stater Bros grocery store.  A 4” natural gas line was accidentally ruptured by construction crews.  Stater Bros and surrounding businesses were evacuated as a precaution due to the gas leak. Southern California Gas Company responded to the incident and mitigated the leak.  The Riverside Police Department responded to the incident to assist with evacuations and the closure of local streets surrounding the construction site. 

    Riverside County Environmental Health was requested to respond to the scene to assist Stater Bros with mitigating any spoiled food from the gas line being shut down during the incident. 

    A total of three chief officers, three engine companies, one truck, three overhead personnel and our Haz-Mat team responded to the incident.  There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.  Once the gas leak was mitigated, local streets were re-opened along with the businesses that were evacuated.

    Assisting Aid Agencies

  • Southern California Gas Company

  • Incident Commander: Captain Robert Abbruzzese

    Prepared By: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 10/19/2023 1807

    Information Center: 951.826.5321