Durham County

Gas leak prompts evacuation of neighborhood near Duke’s East Campus

A gas leak Wednesday night prompted the closure of several blocks near Duke University’s East Campus for about an hour, prompting the evacuation of nearby buildings.

According to Durham Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi, DFD Engine 1 was called to a gas leak at 1007 W. Main St. at 8:09 p.m. Wednesday.

On arrival, firefighters heard gas flowing and found a gas meter with a broken supply line. PSNC was called to repair the line and the Durham Police Department was requested to assist with evacuating the area, which included West Main Street between Morgan and Albemarle streets and Peabody Street between Main and Gregson streets.

Two businesses — Skewers and The Social Club — were evacuated.

According to Iannuzzi, firefighters shut the gas off at around 9 p.m., completed safety monitoring and then reopened nearby streets and businesses.

No one was hurt.

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