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Evacuations, power outages after 'significant' gas leak in NE Portland

The leak happened near the intersection of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Prescott Street after a car hit a gas meter, Portland Fire reported.
Credit: KGW

PORTLAND, Ore. — Fire crews evacuated about 40 residents from a building near a "significant" gas leak at the intersection of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Prescott Street in Portland early Wednesday morning, Portland Fire & Rescue reported.

A Portland Fire spokesperson told KGW that fire crews dispatched to the report of a gas leak at 1:12 a.m. found a broken gas meter, which appeared to have been hit by a vehicle, though there was no vehicle at the scene. The spokesperson said gas was leaking into the building so fire crews evacuated about 40 people.

Northwest Natural worked to stop the leak and fire crews cleared the scene by 5:30 a.m. Shortly before 6 a.m., fire officials told KGW that evacuated residents would be able to return to their homes within an hour.

Pacific Power reported that it turned off power in the area because of the leak, leaving more than 3,500 customers without power. At 6:30 a.m., Pacific Power reported that power had been restored to all customers.

Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was closed in the area while crews made repairs.