April 20, 2014

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UPDATED: Residents evacuated following Lorain gas leak

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A fire truck sits at 14th Street and Hamilton Avenue during a gas leak Tuesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Just before 6 p.m., Columbia Gas is still working to stop the gas leak in Lorain which started around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Lorain police Captain Todd Kieswetter said the delay is due to the fact that the gas line is made of steel. “Crimping” the line like an ordinary gas line could create a fire, he said. Instead, Columbia Gas is working to shut off the gas entirely.

Kieswetter estimates that this could take hours to fix the problem.

The gas leak is located near the intersection of 13th street and Oberlin Road in Lorain. Police have evacuated all houses from 12th Street and Oberlin Road to 14th Street and Oberlin Road as well as some houses on either side of Oberlin and are housing evacuated residents at the Lorain Central Fire Station. All surrounding roads are blocked off to through traffic.

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LORAIN — Residents have been evacuated from several blocks following a gas leak on Oberlin Avenue and 13th Street.

People were evacuated a little after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday between Oberlin Avenue and 12th Street and Oberlin Avenue and 14th street, as well as a few houses on each side of those intersections.

Evacuees have been moved are being housed at Lorain Central Fire Station. Becotek was also evacuated.

Lorain Fire Department Lt. Ben Weber says, “It is the biggest (gas leak) I’ve ever seen.”

He doesn’t know how long it’s going to take to get under control.

Columbia Gas is on scene evaluating the situation.

The gas leak can be heard from three blocks away, and smelled from about four blocks away.

Weber said the gas leak was caused by the construction crew hitting a gas line while working near Oberlin Avenue.

This is the second gas leak caused by road construction earlier this month.

Check back for more updates as they become available.

  • Bob Haas

    BTW That is Capt Kieswetter of the Lorain FIRE department. Not police.

  • Frank Siegfried

    And it’s Oberlin AVE…not Oberlin Road.