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Gas Leak in Duluth Forces Homes to Evacuate

By KBJR News 1

July 3, 2012 Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 6:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A crew hit a gasline at Myers-Wilkins Elementary this afternoon causing a three square block area to be evacuated in Duluth.

Ulland Brothers was excavating the site formerly known as Grant Elementary when they hit the six inch natural gas line.

Fire officials say the evacuation of surrounding neighbors went smoothly.

One block of 9th Street was also blocked off for a short time between 7th and 8th Avenue East.

The incident lasted about an hour before the gasline was capped off and neighbors returned home.

"Scary, I thought it was my burner that was off because I had something on low, and I thought the burner went off and I smelled gas...Then they came knocking on the door and told us to get out," said Mags Larson, a neighbor across the street from the school.

"We're always concerned that someone might light a cigarette or does someone have something that could start a spark. That's another reason that we evacuate the area just to make sure that everybody's safe," said Bob Noldin, acting assistant fire chief.

Fire officials say no one was injured and there was also no property damage, however ,in the immediate neighborhood some pilot lights may be out.

Comfort Systems is making rounds to re-light neighbors pilot lights at this time.

Posted to Web by Jena Pike
jpike@northlandsnewscenter.com


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