Broken gas line forces evacuation of at least 8 homes in Northeast DC

A broken gas line just one block from the Whole Foods on 6th and I streets in Northeast D.C. forced several people out of their homes on Wednesday.

Around 2:30 p.m. D.C. Fire and EMS firefighters evacuated families from at least eight row houses in the area.

Washington Gas said a contractor working in a home broke a gas line, and they have since shut off the gas. The leak was confined to one home, officials said.

Cars were moved to the corner of H street so Washington Gas could dig for repairs.

Crews determined the area was safe and allowed residents to return to their homes just before 5:30 p.m.

Below is the area where it happened.

Michelle Basch

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