December 20, 2014

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Building evacuated after car hits gas meter

LORAIN — Residents of a Beavercrest Drive apartment building were forced to leave it Saturday night after a car struck the building.

The driver of a Pontiac Aztek was injured and taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center a few hundred yards from the apartment complex at 3855 Beavercrest Drive, according to Assistant Lorain Fire Chief Roy Cochran.

Cochran did not have details about the man.

The man’s name or other details of the crash were not available from police.

No one else was injured in the incident, which occurred about 7:20 p.m., according to Cochran.

Firefighters remained on the scene about two hours to handle hazardous conditions, which Cochran described as a ruptured gas meter that led to service being shut off to the building.

The crash also damaged electrical lines entering the building.

Tenants of six units were evacuated from the building, but Cochran was not sure how many people were involved.

Ohio Edison personnel later permitted three of the units to be reoccupied.

Cochran estimated it would take up to 10 hours of work to restore gas service to the other three apartments.

Columbia Gas spokesmen were not reached for comment.

It was not immediately known where tenants of the three apartments spent the night.