Area cleared after gas leak, evacuations

Crews working on line buried under street

INDIANAPOLIS - A natural gas leak in downtown Indianapolis led to roughly 20 people being evacuated from an apartment building and some street closures. One lane of Pennsylvania Avenue was opened back up at 4 p.m.

The leak was reported about 2 a.m. Monday in the northern part of downtown, near the city's main library.

Fire Capt. Rita Burris says utility crews were working to shut off the gas, which was coming from a plastic line that's inside an old cast-iron pipe buried under the street. She says firefighters were at the site as a precaution.

Burris says the apartment building residents were offered shelter in a nearby building. 

Pennsylvania Street was closed between St. Joseph and Walnut streets, and St. Clair Street was closed between Pennsylvania and Delaware streets.

UPDATE at 4 p.m.: The gas leak was repaired and one lane of Pennsylvania was opened back up. Officials anticipate the rest of the roads to open back up within a few hours. Gas service has been restored to the area.

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