Downtown businesses evacuate after gas leak | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A natural gas leak is now impacting about a dozen businesses around the 100 block of N. Davis Street near W. Forsyth Street, according to TECO Peoples Gas. The leak was reported around 8:00 Tuesday morning and contained around 5:15 that evening. Crews capped the pipe's valves at both ends, stopping the flow of gas.
TECO says they are working into the night so they can restore gas as soon as possible for the area.
According to Tom Francis with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, no evacuations were ordered, but a nearby glass company, Pilkington, did evacuate on it's own when the odor from the leak filled their building.
Francis says the gas fumes got into the building's piping, which is what created the strong odor, but he emphasized that the gas was not a threat to anyone.
thbound and southbound lanes are closed on Forsyth to Adams St. to the 100 block of N. Davis St. for the safety of the crews.
They aired out the building and spent the day digging up parts of Davis St. in an attempt to find the exact location of the leak.
Jacksonville Fire Rescue, as well as hazmat and special technical response teams, are on scene in case anything goes wrong.
TECO Energy is handling the repairs.
Crews were expected to be working on the leak throughout the evening.