East Austin gas leak evacuees allowed back in their homes

Gas leak at 1601 East 5th Street in Austin forces evacuations
Gas leak at 1601 East 5th Street in Austin forces evacuations (Austin Fire Department Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — People living in an East Austin apartment building were evacuated from their homes due to a gas leak on Monday.

According to Austin police, the call came in at 2:06 p.m. for a gas leak in the area of 1601 East 5th Street. A construction crew hit a four inch line.

Authorities said they are telling people living in The Arnold Apartments at 1621 East 6th St. to leave their homes.

Around 5:10 p.m. Austin Fire Department gave an update that the gas had been shut off and that they were working to ventilate the apartments affected. Residents were allowed back in to their homes after 6 p.m.

Onion Street, Comal Street and Chalmers Avenue are closed between Fifth and Seventh Streets and are expected to be for several hours.

Gas leak at 1601 East 5th Street in Austin forces evacuations (Austin Fire Department Photo)
Gas leak at 1601 East 5th Street in Austin forces evacuations (Austin Fire Department Photo)

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