People evacuated after gas leak scare in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Businesses were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a construction crew cut a one-inch pipe in Portland. Original reports said a two-inch pipe was cut.

At 3:57 p.m., Portland Fire & Rescue tweeted their crews had left the scene and the evacuations had been lifted. Northwest Natural remained on the scene.

At about 3 p.m., Portland Fire & Rescue tweeted that gas had leaked into a building at 2250 Northeast Glisan Street. Northwest Natural tweeted at 3:34 that the gas had been turned off.

The affected building and he businesses closest to it were evacuated. Other businesses nearby and across the street on Sandy Boulevard were asked to shelter in place.

Traffic in the area is affected and the public was asked to avoid the area.

A gas leak explosion in Northwest Portland last week injured eight people, including three firefighters and one policeman, were injured in that blast.


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