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Gas Line Breach Forces Evacuation Of Hospital Facility

Patch logo Patch 1/14/2020 Michael O'Connell
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WASHINGTON, DC -- A large gas line break Tuesday afternoon forced the evacuation of residents in the Pleasant Plains area, according to posts on the D.C. Fire and EMS Twitter account. Patients and personal also evacuated the Howard Hospital Ambulatory Care Center due to the odor of gas.

A request from Washington Gas went out Jan. 14, around 1:30 p.m., for residents in 5th and Elm streets N.W. to evaluate their homes due to a gas line breach.

By 1:55 p.m., D.C. Fire and EMS units were on the scene, helping evacuate residents from their homes. The Howard Hospital Ambulatory Care Center was also evacuated due to the odor of gas inside. Fire personnel had hose lines in place.

By 2:20 p.m., fire personnel had checked the gas meter levels in the hospital area, determining they were normal and presented no danger. Hospital staff were notified they could begin reoccupying the area they had evacuated. At that time, homes in the 400 block of Elm St., N.W., remained evacuated.

By 3:54 p.m., Washington Gas was working to dig up the street and clamp the broken gas line. The Florida Avenue 1st Baptist Church, located at 623 Florida Ave., N.W., was providing shelter for displaced residents.

Representatives from D.C. Homeland Security, the Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services and the Red Cross of the National Capital Region are all on the scene assisting residents.

This story will be updated.

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