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School, businesses evacuated because of gas leak near 27th and Northern avenues in Phoenix

Apr 15, 2024, 11:48 AM | Updated: 4:49 pm

File photo of a Phoenix Fire Department hazmat truck. Multiple buildings were evacuated in Phoenix ...

Multiple buildings were evacuated in Phoenix on Monday, April 15, 2024, because of a gas leak. (X File Photo/@PHXFire)

(X File Photo/@PHXFire)

PHOENIX – Multiple buildings were evacuated in Phoenix on Monday after a gas leak caused a hazmat situation, authorities said.

Buildings within about a quarter-mile radius of 27th and Northern avenues, including businesses and a school, were evacuated around 11 a.m. when a vehicle broke a gas main, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

Southwest Gas was on the scene and shut down the high-pressure gas line around 4 p.m. Hazmat crews didn’t detect any anomalies in readings from surrounding buildings, Capt. Shaun DuBois said during a press conference.

“I’m not a hazardous material specialist myself, but it’s been explained to me that this is the type of gas that rises,” DuBois said during a press conference. “It doesn’t sink down, so it’s naturally ventilating up into the air. So, we don’t have any major concerns of it migrating underground to other places at this time.”

What caused gas leak at Phoenix intersection?

The gas main on the northwest corner of 27th and Northern avenues was damaged when a vehicle crashed into it, DuBois said. Two occupants were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The crash occurred when firefighters were on scene for a separate car crash.

The Phoenix Police Department is investigating the collision.

Washington Elementary School was among the buildings evacuated. Students and staff were bused to Palo Verde Middle School, about 2.5 miles away. Parents were notified and reunification plans were activated, according to the Washington Elementary School District.

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School, businesses evacuated because of gas leak near 27th and Northern avenues in Phoenix