Residents were evacuated and roads in the Fayetteville Street area south of the Durham Freeway were shut down late Monday afternoon after a contractor caused a gas leak, fire officials said.
The Durham Fire Department was dispatched to Fayetteville and Simmons streets at 4:35 p.m. and confirmed there was a gas leak.
Roads were closed in between Umstead Street and Linwood Avenue, south of the freeway (N.C. 147) and just up from the N.C. Central University campus.
“The cause was a third-party contractor who was boring under the street,” the Fire Department said in a news release late Monday night.
About 20 residents were evacuated, and Dominion Energy was contacted to stop the leak, the release said.
Fire crews stayed on the scene for 3 1/2 hours while Dominion Energy stopped the leak. All roads with the exception of Fayetteville Street were reopened as of 11:30 p.m.
Last week the N.C. Department of Labor fined PSNC Energy doing business as Dominion Energy North Carolina and two subcontractors $21,100 in connection with April’s deadly gas-line explosion in downtown Durham.
In a statement, the energy company, which was fined $5,000, said it is committed to learning from “this tragic incident” but disagrees with the state’s findings.