Area near Howard University Hospital evacuated due to gas leak

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Firefighters work to contain a gas leak.

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A section of Howard University Hospital had to be evacuated due to a gas leak.

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Firefighters stop a gas leak in Northwest D.C. Tuesday.

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A large gas main breach in a residential area in Northwest D.C. caused homes and a section of a hospital to be evacuated Tuesday.

The leak was reported around 1 p.m. on the 400 block of Elm Street NW near Howard University Hospital. DC Fire and EMS evacuated the homes and the hospital’s ambulatory care center because gas could be smelled inside the building.

Washington Gas placed protective hose lines, dug up the street and placed a clamp line. The leak was contained around 4:30 p.m.

Firefighters took readings in homes and the hospital area, determining levels were normal and it was safe for everyone — including the hospital — to return.

The leak was caused by a third-party utility, DC Fire and EMS confirms.

Below is the area where it happened.

WTOP’s Zeke Hartner contributed to this report.


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