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Evacuation orders lifted following gas leak in SLC’s Avenues neighborhood

Posted at 7:57 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 18:03:05-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Fire Department reports evacuation orders have been lifted after a gas leak forced evacuations at two apartment buildings in the Avenues neighborhood Tuesday.

The fire department evacuated part of 1st Avenue between A St. and 136 E, including the Covey and Hilcrest apartments.

Salt Lake City Public Utilities first tweeted about the incident around 7:44 a.m., stating there was a water main break and responding crews smelled natural gas. Those crews called firefighters to respond.

Dominion Energy stated shortly after 11 a.m. that they expect to have the second line shut off by about noon. After that is shut off they will monitor gas levels in the building and let residents back in when it’s clear.