SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Several homes and businesses in the South End of Springfield were evacuated Friday due to a gas leak.
Springfield Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Guyer told 22News that the homes from 67 to 77 Wilcox Street were evacuated, after a positive reading for gas was found by firefighters at 77 and 75 Wilcox around 10:30 A.M. They also evacuated the Pride Station and Brake King at Wilcox and East Columbus.
People in the houses on the opposite side of Wilcox Street were not evacuated, but told to shelter-in-place.
Gas company crews are there, and jackhammered the asphalt to get to the gas line so they could turn it off. Guyer says that the leak was found in a pipeline that goes into 77 Wilcox.
As of 12:15 P.M., the Pride station had re-opened, and people were allowed to return to the other evacuated properties about an hour later, according to Andrea Luppi of Columbia Gas. She told 22News that the area is safe, but gas company workers were continuing to do work.