Residents in downtown apartment building evacuated due to gas leak

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[UPDATE 4:11 p.m.]: Citizens Energy Group advised that a gas main leak in the 800 block of N. Pennsylvania Street has been repaired. One lane of Pennsylvania is now open and the remaining lanes are expected be open in a few hours. St. Claire Street remains closed between Pennsylvania and Delaware Street. Gas service has been restored to residences and businesses is in the area.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 20, 2014) – Residents in a downtown apartment building were evacuated this morning due to a gas leak.

IFD was called to the 800 block of N. Pennsylvania St. around 2:05 a.m. with reports of a gas odor.

The smell was so bad that it woke residents up. About 20 residents were forced to leave the building. They called 911 to report the leak.

When IFD arrived, they located a gas main leak from underneath the street.

IMPD was called to the scene, and they have blocked off Pennsylvania Street two blocks in every direction starting at 9th Street so crews from Citizens Energy could investigate. Citizens crews began digging around 6:30 a.m. IFD crews were on standby in case of a fire. Meter readings showed gas levels inside the building were high.

All the residents were evacuated t0 the YMCA across the street.

IFD is currently investigating the situation, and they’re not sure how long the area will be blocked off. Power to the building and a neighboring business has been shut off.

By 2 p.m., residents and people in the nearby business were allowed back inside. Two lanes of Pennsylvania and one lane of St. Clair remained closed.

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