Two separate gas leaks in Austin lead to evacuation, closures

Gas leak shuts down San Gabriel and 22nd Street in West Campus. March 6, 2017 (KXAN Photo)
Gas leak shuts down San Gabriel and 22nd Street in West Campus. March 6, 2017 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Firefighters responded to two gas leaks in Central Austin Monday afternoon that caused road closures and apartment evacuations.

At 2:17 p.m., Austin firefighters were called to 10th Street and Interstate 35 at 2:17 p.m. and responded to a 4-inch gas main break. Another break was reported at 22nd Street and San Gabriel, in West Campus, at 2:23 p.m.

Both gas leaks were caused by construction crews, the Austin Fire Department said. Texas Gas was called to the scene at the West Campus leak where neighboring apartment buildings were evacuated.

“With gas lines of this size the pressure is so great that it’s hard to plug it with the tools we have,” Lt. Matt Benninson with AFD said. “It’s rare that a gas line this size gets cut so severely.”

Austin firefighters at the scene of a gas leak on the I-35 northbound frontage road at 10th Street. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)
Austin firefighters at the scene of a gas leak on the I-35 northbound frontage road at 10th Street. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)

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