SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — City officials say fire and rescue crews are currently on the scene of a gas line rupture in Suffolk.
Emergency communications received the call just after 11 a.m. for the incident in the 100 block of North 4th Street in the Lloyd Place neighborhood.
Officials say that upon preliminary investigation, it was determined that a contractor working in the area had ruptured a gas service line. Virginia Natural Gas crews are also on the scene.
As a precaution, more than 40 residents were evacuated from 17 homes in the area. Residents in another eight homes are sheltering in place, according to Suffolk Fire & Rescue.
The Suffolk Fire & Rescue Rehab Bus is on the scene providing assistance and shelter.
At this time, the following streets in the area are closed:
North 4th Street North 5th StreetNorth Capital StreetBank Street ExtendedThere are detour signs in place and Suffolk Police are on scene providing traffic control in the area.
Suffolk Fire & Rescue estimates the repairs to the ruptured line will take several hours.
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