Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Gas Leak Prompts Home Evacuations

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Gas Leak Prompts Home Evacuations

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About a dozen people were evacuated from their homes for about two hours Tuesday morning after a large piece of construction equipment struck an underground gas line near Gage Park in west Topeka.

The incident occurred about 10:10 a.m. in the 500 block of S.W. Gage Court, a block west of S.W. 6th and Gage.

Topeka Fire Marshal Mike Martin said the gas leak occurred after a large excavator hit a 2-inch gas main as it was doing road construction on S.W. 6th Avenue just west of Gage.

Martin said the gas began to "vent" out of the pipe and into the air.

Martin said "out of an abundance of caution," the decision was made to evacuate homes just north of where the gas line was hit.

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Those who were evacuated were offered shelter inside a Topeka Metro bus, which came to the scene and was parked across 6th Avenue to the south in the northern part of Gage Park. …

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