UPDATE: Lynchburg intersections reopen near Fifth and Federal after earlier natural gas leak

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

UPDATE 4:35 p.m.: Several intersections in Lynchburg have been reopened after an earlier natural gas leak.

Columbia Gas reported high levels of gas at the Fifth and Federal Station Restaurant around 1 p.m. Monday.

The Lynchburg Fire Department evacuated several nearby buildings, as a precaution, until around 3 p.m. They also made a one-block perimeter closure of area roads in that area while gas and power were cut off.

The Community Access Network, a healthcare facility across the street, said they had to evacuate both workers and patients.

“There were a few patients that needed to be taken out using a wheelchair because they had difficulty walking but all of the patients got out safely. Their families were called or they went home, so they all got out safely.”

Christina Delzingaro, Community Access Network

The Lynchburg Fire Department confirms that the scene is now clear and no one was injured; however, the cause of the leak is still under investigation.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A number of intersections in Lynchburg are shut down Monday afternoon due to a natural gas leak.

According to the Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services, the intersections of Fourth and Federal, Fifth and Federal, and Fifth and Monroe are closed at this time.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area while crews handle the gas leak.

WFXR News has a crew on the way to the scene at this time.

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