Homes, businesses evacuated as police respond to gas leak in Methuen

METHUEN, MASS. (WHDH) - Homes and businesses in Methuen were evacuated as crews investigated a reported gas leak.

Reports of an active gas leak at an abandoned church at 135 Center St. prompted officers to begin evacuating homes and businesses in the surrounding area, according to a post on the department’s Twitter page.

About an hour later, all of the residents were allowed back into their homes.

There were no reported injuries.

Columbia Gas has located the source of the leak and temporarily shut off service to the area.

“Immediately upon detecting an odor of gas during a routine gas leak survey, crews worked with first responders to evacuate nearby building occupants,” a spokesperson for the utility said in a statement. “Our crews are continuing to work to ensure the safety of our natural gas distribution system and we will provide additional information as soon as it is available.”

No further information has been released.

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