Residents of a southwest Atlanta high-rise building were evacuated Tuesday after construction crews damaged a nearby gas line, authorities said.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

2 gas leaks: Atlanta assisted living facility evacuated; Gwinnett subdivision affected

An assisted living facility in southwest Atlanta was evacuated Tuesday afternoon when a construction crew working nearby struck a gas line, authorities said.

The Barge Road Highrise apartments were evacuated about 3 p.m. as a precaution, Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford said. 

“We have our mobile ambulance unit on scene to assist residents who want to get out of the heat and sit in our air-conditioned bus,” Stafford said, adding that no injuries have been reported. 

The break was spewing dirt and debris onto a nearby home, Channel 2 Action News reported. About 100 people were evacuated and Barge Road was closed while crews with Atlanta Gas Light were on scene. 

About 100 residents were evacuated Tuesday, authorities said.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

A spokeswoman for the company said repairs to the line were completed by Wednesday morning.

In Gwinnett County, another gas leak closed roadways outside a Lawrenceville subdivision for hours, authorities said. 

The leak was reported at the Spring Arbor subdivision at the intersection of Spring Gate Drive and Webb Gin House Road about 3:30 p.m., Gwinnett fire spokesman Donald Strother said. 

A 4-inch gas main in front of the neighborhood was struck underneath the roadway, causing the asphalt to buckle, he said. Atlanta Gas Light ran a bypass around the leak to maintain service to the 200 homes in the neighborhood. 

The leak was stopped shortly before 9 p.m., but crews were expected to remain on the scene for several more hours. 

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