FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Residents of a south side apartment complex and those at the Public Safety Academy were allowed to re-enter their respective buildings at about 4 p.m. Tuesday after a reported gas leak in the area, according to NIPSCO officials.
Fort Wayne Police had previously asked the public to avoid the area around South Bridge Apartments in south Fort Wayne due to a “high pressure gas leak.”
Police said the gas leak occurred in the area of Bridgeway Dr. and Phoenix Parkway, behind the Public Safety Academy and the Southtown Centre shopping center. A tractor hit an above ground gas line, police said.
The Public Safety Academy, Frontier, and home in the area were evacuated.
While NIPSCO crews might still be in the area, according to a company spokeswoman, residents were allowed to re-enter the apartment complex Tuesday afternoon and the area was deemed safe.
“Community safety is a top priority while the gas leak is being addressed,” FWPD said in a news release.
It was explained to Deputy Chief Adam O’Connor the 4-inch gas main was struck by an excavator and the gas was at a pressure of 400 psi. Chief O’Connor said when he was on the scene, it sounded like a jet engine, and it was hard to have a conversation even from 100 yards away.
The Fort Wayne Fire Department and and NIPSCO were at the scene “working on the problem,” police said.
“NIPSCO did an excellent job of working with the Fort Wayne Fire Department to meter the surrounding buildings and assisted us in making decisions in what buildings needed to be evacuated,” Chief O’Connor said.
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