Downtown Richmond Buildings Evacuated Due to Gas Leak

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Several downtown Richmond buildings were evacuated early Friday afternoon due to a gas leak.

Around 12:08 on March 28, Richmond Fire was called to the intersection of Seventh and East Franklin streets for a report of a gas leak. Firefighters arrived on scene in minutes and discovered that a crew of contractors had struck a gas line at a construction site.

Several blocks have been cordoned off and multiple multi-story, mixed-use buildings have been evacuated as a precaution. According to Lieutenant Robbie Hagaman, firefighters are also going door to door to notify smaller businesses about the gas leak.

As of 1 p.m. Friday, the scene had not yet been marked under control. Crews are checking other nearby buildings for residual gas pockets and air quality monitoring. Capitol Police and the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities are assisting Richmond Fire.

Stay with ABC 8News on air, online and on the go for updates on this developing story as they become available.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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