Church Hill gas leak forces 2 blocks to evacuate - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Church Hill gas leak forces 2 blocks to evacuate

CHURCH HILL, VA (WWBT) -

People in Church Hill were allowed back inside their homes Sunday night, after a natural gas leak forced two blocks of neighbors outside, in the rain.

The evacuations happened in the 2500 block of Phaup Street, after an intense smell of gas.

Crews are working overnight to fix a break in the gas pipe.

A spokesperson for the Richmond Department of Public Utilities says gas in twenty homes will likely be turned back on by early morning.

Isaiah Hardy, 17, says his family was told to evacuate.

"We heard the siren -- they came around saying we had to leave my grandparent's house," said Hardy, who was interrupted from studying for a biology test. "Tired and soaking wet."

Three other young men weren't allowed to cross the street. Their apartment was just around the corner.

"We've been waiting here the whole time. They've been turning cars around," said Kevin Jackson, with his buddies. The group waited on the corner since taking another route home would mean walking several miles on foot.

"It's a long walk, basically. It's a little too cold to be taking that walk," added Roy Bates.

Firefighters made sure that homes were clear of gas. Utility crews shut off the lines. After more than two hours, residents were allowed back inside.

The fire department called in a city bus to help shelter some neighbors who were stuck outside.

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Victim identified in deadly triple stabbing in Richmond

    Victim identified in deadly triple stabbing in Richmond

    Sunday, July 23 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-07-23 16:33:05 GMT

           Richmond police are working a death investigation after three women are stabbed overnight in the city's northside.        The stabbing happened just after midnight in the 3500 block of North Avenue.        Police aren't telling us much -- but can confirm three women were stabbed, and one of them died from their injuries.       As for the other two victims -- on...

    More >>

           Richmond police are working a death investigation after three women are stabbed overnight in the city's northside.        The stabbing happened just after midnight in the 3500 block of North Avenue.        Police aren't telling us much -- but can confirm three women were stabbed, and one of them died from their injuries.       As for the other two victims -- on...

    More >>
  • Man shot to death in Petersburg

    Man shot to death in Petersburg

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:09 AM EDT2017-07-23 15:09:48 GMT
    Police are in the beginning stages of a homicide investigation, after a man is found shot to death in Petersburg Sunday morning. Officers say they were called to the 2700 block of South Crater Road, around 2 a.m. When they got to the scene, police say they found a man, who had been shot multiple times. That man, 53-year-old Samuel Gee, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police continue to investigate, and say they're speaking to witnesses who were present during the shooting. If...More >>
    Police are in the beginning stages of a homicide investigation, after a man is found shot to death in Petersburg Sunday morning. Officers say they were called to the 2700 block of South Crater Road, around 2 a.m. When they got to the scene, police say they found a man, who had been shot multiple times. That man, 53-year-old Samuel Gee, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police continue to investigate, and say they're speaking to witnesses who were present during the shooting. If...More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Still Very Hot Tomorrow, More Strong Storms Possible

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Still Very Hot Tomorrow, More Strong Storms Possible

    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-07-23 02:36:05 GMT

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly