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Colonial Heights office buildings, apartments evacuated after crews hit gas line

Posted at 10:45 AM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 12:54:08-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. – A gas leak promoted evacuations in Colonial Heights Thursday morning.

The mishap happened when crews working on Dale Avenue near East Ellerslie Avenue hit a gas line at 8:50 am.

As a result, two office buildings and 25 apartments within a one-mile radius of the leak were evacuated as crews conducted air quality tests.

Valeria Villasenor and her family were forced from their apartment as crews worked to cap the leak.

"They came and knocked on the door and I was scared," Villasenor said.

John Reid had to shut the doors to his financial advising office on Dale Avenue.

"I got hold of our home office and cancelled all the clients coming in for the day," Reid said.

WTVR CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil posted video that showed gas spewing into the air near a bulldozer.

Columbia Gas capped the leak just after 10 am.

Firefighters allowed people could return to their buildings just before noon after conducting air quality checks.

Stay with WTVR.com and watch CBS 6 News at Noon for an update on this developing story.