Gas leak secured

Published 10:28 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Residents were evacuated from their apartments in downtown on Tuesday morning due to a gas leak, according to a city press release.

The first units arrived on scene at The Residences at October Apartments at 11:31 a.m. The leak had been reported six minutes earlier at the apartment complex in the 2000 block of Freeney Avenue, according to the press release.

“It was determined that contractors working in the area had ruptured a gas service line,” the city press release stated.

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The occupants of the two apartment buildings closest to the ruptured line were evacuated, and other residents were asked to shelter in place. The evacuated residents were sheltered in a vacant apartment as well as on Suffolk Fire & Rescue’s rehab bus.

Virginia Natural Gas crews responded to the scene. There were no injuries, and residents were allowed to return to their apartments a few hours later once the leak was secured.