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Londonderry gas leak results in 20 homes being evacuated
LONDONDERRY - A gas leak inside the newest section of Londonderry's Nevins Active Adult Community had local authorities evacuate 20 households on Tuesday afternoon.
Shortly after 11:30 a.m., Londonderry Fire Department officials were alerted to a ruptured gas line inside the housing community for seniors.
According to Fire Captain Darren O'Brien, construction workers were excavating towards the rear of the complex, where new homes are in the process of being built, when they ruptured the line.
A two-inch scrape in the area's gas main resulted in a small hole, O'Brien said, leading fire officials to call in National Grid to repair the break.
Utility workers promptly arrived on the scene and turned off the gas main at both ends so they could repair the pipe.
O'Brien said none of the area's residents were in immediate danger and the evacuation was done mostly as a precaution.
“We wanted to be on the safe side of things,” he said.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes about an hour later.
Construction on the Nevins Community, a quiet residential neighborhood for senior citizens tucked back in a wooded area along Route 102, began in 2008. The work that is now under way is the final phase of home construction to complete the complex.
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