Evacuation order issued for Salt Lake gas leak

Evacuation order issued for Salt Lake gas leak (Photo: Jay Hancock / KUTV)

UPDATE: Just before 9 p.m. Questar Gas officials said evacuees, except those living on 800 East between Browning and Emerson, could return home.

(KUTV) A gas leak has caused the evacuation of residents in a Salt Lake City neighborhood. Emergency response crews asked residents to evacuate the area of 800 E., Roosevelt Avenue. They are urging the public to avoid the area.

Questar Gas had a gas-leak survey team in the area. The team discovered a 1.25 inch pipe going into a home that needed repair. After some soil testing it was determined that the surrounding area needed to be evacuated. Thirty homes were vacated.

Residents were kept away while the leak was contained.

Fire crews initially asked motorists to avoid the area centered around the Roosevelt Avenue. Evacuations followed that stretched on streets that run between 700 East and 900 East, starting at Emerson Avenue and stretching South to Bryan Avenue. It wasn't clear which parts of the street were evacuated. Salt Lake City Fire Department also had a 70-foot radius evacuated around where 800 East and Roosevelt intersect.

Officials said about around 30 homes were evacuated.

Those who are displaced by the evacuation can go to a church at 1130 S., 900 East to help residents.

Queststar Gas has not been available for comment.

A fire department spokeswoman said there are no injuries and no fires.

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