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Gas leak forces small evacuation on Market Street

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Source: Chattanooga Fire Department Source: Chattanooga Fire Department
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
Business and traffic along Market Street in downtown Chattanooga were disrupted for more than an hour Friday morning when a construction crew accidentally broke into a buried natural gas line. 

The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to 1467 Market Street around 9:30 a.m. with several fire companies, after discovering gas was leaking from the 1¼ -inch line.

The fire department immediately shut down the street in both directions. 

Firefighters evacuated several businesses and apartments in the area as a precaution. and help was requested from the Chattanooga Gas Company.

Technicians with the Chattanooga Gas Company successfully shut the leak off just before 10:40 a.m. 

No one was injured. Not long after the leak was shut off, the northbound lanes of Market Street were re-opened to traffic. 

The southbound lanes had to remain closed for a while until repairs were made on the gas line.
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