Residents back home after natural gas leak in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Multiple families are back in their homes, following a natural gas leak in the Groveland Street area of Springfield Thursday night. 

Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad Commander, Brian Tetreault, told 22News crews were called to the area after a passerby reported smelling gas in the area of 79 Groveland Street just before 8:30 p.m.  

Five surrounding homes in the area were evacuated after Columbia Gas crews found dangerous readings of natural gas in the basement. According to Capt. Tetreault, fire officials evacuated the residents as a precaution. 

Photo: Springfield Fire Department

The gas company was able to shut the gas off in the street before venting out the basement. 

Investigators determined the cause of the leak to be from a natural gas line in the basement of a vacant home that was cut. 

Luckily, no injuries were reported. 

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