Gas leak repairs almost complete on Liberty Street

Some residents had to be evacuated following leak at Liberty and Cass Streets

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Families are back in their homes, after a gas leak forced many people to evacuate Thanksgiving night.

Columbia Gas crews worked around the clock to restore natural gas to dozens of businesses and homes on Liberty Street in downtown Springfield.

Repair crews have been there since 9:00 Thursday night to identify the leak and make repairs. The gas was shut off for nearly 40 residents and two businesses.

Families evacuated during Springfield gas leak, portion of Liberty Street closed

The leak happened at around 8:00 P.M. near Liberty and Cass Streets. Families living in that area had to evacuate, but have since been allowed to return.

Columbia Gas told 22News that the repairs should be completed by 6:00 Friday night.

Neighbor Jonathan Hernandez was not one of the people who had to be evacuated. He told 22News that he had no idea there was a gas leak just steps from his home.

“We weren’t notified at all until you came up to us an asked us about the gas leak. I didn’t even know anything about it. I thought they were just doing some construction over there,” Hernandez said.

Thursday night’s gas leak was a scare for many in the area. It was on Black Friday four years ago that a gas explosion leveled several buildings just around the corner on Worthington Street.