As it turned out...the roofers just happened to put a 1 1/2" nail through the plywood and into a main gas feeder line. Actually it was not the roofers fault. The gas line that they hit was an original line from when the house was built back in 1995 and a portion of the line was attached to where the roof and a beam meet. Whoever ran the line did not leave any space and had it attached right up into where the roof and beam meet...against code and not legal at all. The roofer could have put a nail a half inch either way and totally missed this line but unfortunately it didn't happen that way. Where the line was punctured is not in an accessible area. At first we thought we would have to cut a whole in the new roof to gain access and somehow splice a new pipe in where the punctured pipe is. Luckily the tech who came out to the house decided to try to see where the pipe went by going through an access point in the ceiling of out kitchenette area. From that vantage point he could see where the pipe came out and will most likely be able to run a new pipe from a t-valve and feed the gas line back towards the hot water heater and furnace. Not a cheap fix that's for sure but much cheaper than all of the alternatives. The tech will be back tomorrow after he obtains all of the materials needed to do the job and then we need to have an inspector come back out and sign off n the work. So until then we have no gas stove, no furnace and no hot water heater. Luckily it warmed up so no furnace is not a big deal at all.
Due to the break that they had to take while the firemen were doing their thing the roofers could not totally complete their job. Shingles are up but still a little more work needs to be done tomorrow.
And the shower door people that I chased out will be returning on Friday.
Hours later I could still smell gas faintly in a closet and back bedroom area.
It sure could have been a lot worse.
Below are various photos showing the gas line and how is was placed rights next to where the roof and beam meet. There is supposed to be several inches between the line and roof and beam...not attached directly to both where the two meet. Somebody was just plain lazy.
Emergency personnel at the scene