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UPDATE: Gas leak near S. 6th Street stopped; residents allowed into homes

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According to Wilmington Fire Chief David Hines, the gas leak is in the 900 block of South Sixth Street. According to Wilmington Fire Chief David Hines, the gas leak is in the 900 block of South Sixth Street.
Some homes near South Sixth Street were evacuated due to a significant natural gas leak in the area. Some homes near South Sixth Street were evacuated due to a significant natural gas leak in the area.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Some homes near South Sixth Street were evacuated Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. due to a significant natural gas leak in the area.

According to Wilmington Fire Chief David Hines, the gas leak was stopped just before 12:45 p.m., and residents have been allowed back into their homes. It was in the 900 block of South Sixth Street.

During the leak, crews blocked off the 900 and 1000 blocks of Sixth Street and the 500 block of Wright Street.

Fire investigators said the gas leak was caused by crews from Cape Fear Public Utility Authority who were working in the area, when three-fourths of an inch of service line to a home was cut while installing a water line.

WFD Investigators determined that workers were digging within the area that they were supposed to be according to ground markings, so no fines will be issued.

Piedmont Gas responded to the leak. No injuries were reported.

As already reported, the gas line was secured by Piedmont Gas. Residents have been allowed back in their homes.

I do not have an exact number of homes evacuated, just several. All blocked streets have reopened. The line cut

was a 3/4" service line to a home. CFPUA workers cut the line accidentally while installing a water line. WFD Investigator

determined that workers were digging within the area that they were supposed to be according to ground markings.  No fines will be issued.

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