Ruptured gas line closes several streets in Suffolk, over 40 residents evacuated

by San Eli News

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — City officials say a gas line rupture shut down several streets in Suffolk Wednesday afternoon.

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. As a precaution, more than 40 residents were evacuated from 17 homes in the area.

Residents in another eight homes sheltered in place, according to Suffolk Fire & Rescue.

Officials say that upon preliminary investigation, it was determined that a contractor working in the area “ruptured a gas service line.” Virginia Natural Gas crews were also on the scene.

The Suffolk Fire & Rescue Rehab Bus was on the scene providing assistance and shelter.

The rupture closed down North 4th Street, North 5th Street, North Capital Street, and Bank Street Extended.

As of just before 3:30 p.m., city officials said the gas line had been secured, the area was clear and all streets were reopening.

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