Natural gas leak ties up traffic, forces businesses to be evacuated

Workers clear dirt near an area where a natural gas leak  closed down parts of Wilson Street Wednesday in Brewer.
Brian Feulner | BDN
Workers clear dirt near an area where a natural gas leak closed down parts of Wilson Street Wednesday in Brewer. Buy Photo
Posted Aug. 13, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 13, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
A natural gas leak in Brewer on Wednesday closed down parts of Wilson Street.
Brian Feulner | BDN
A natural gas leak in Brewer on Wednesday closed down parts of Wilson Street. Buy Photo
A section of Wilson Street in Brewer was blocked off Wednesday and businesses were evacuated due to a natural gas leak.
Ryan McLaughlin
A section of Wilson Street in Brewer was blocked off Wednesday and businesses were evacuated due to a natural gas leak.

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BREWER, Maine — A natural gas leak forced a large section of Wilson Street to be closed and multiple businesses to be evacuated on Wednesday afternoon.

Brewer police were dispatched to assist firefighters with the gas leak in the area of TradeWinds Marketplace at 12:20 p.m., Brewer Deputy Police Chief Jason Moffitt said.

Andrew Barrowman, a marketing and sales manager for Bangor Gas, said the owner of TradeWinds was putting in a fence when a service line that feeds the Coach House restaurant and TradeWinds was hit.

Wilson Street was shut down to traffic between Parkway South and Sparks Avenue for about an hour and a half. The road, which is also Route 1A, had reopened by 2 p.m.

Wednesday’s gas leak is the second in less than a week to which local authorities have responded.

On Friday, several homes in Bangor were evacuated due to a natural gas leak on Fern Street.

Moffitt said the odor of gas could be smelled as far back as the intersection of Wilson Street and Parkway South.

Barrowman said the gas leak was contained in about 20 minutes. Brewer police and fire and Bangor Gas officials responded to the call.

 

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