'Significant' gas leak forces evacuations, power outage in NE Portland

'Significant' gas leak forces evacuations, power outage in NE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Residents were evacuated after a “significant” gas leak in Northeast Portland.

Just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Portland Fire and Rescue responding to a gas leak near Northeast MLK Boulevard and Northeast Prescott Street. The leak reportedly occurred after a car crashed into a gas meter and fled the scene.

The gas was leaking into the building where the gas meter was hit, and 40 people were evacuted. Crews told KOIN 6 News three total apartment buildings were evacuated in the area. By 4:30 a.m., officials said NW Natural contained the leak and they’re ventilating the buildings for at least the next hour.

The scene was cleared by 5:30 a.m..

Meanwhile, a power outage was reported in the area. More than 3,500 Pacific Power customers were affected after the power was turned off due to safety reasons connected to the gas leak.

Power has since been restored.

This is a developing story.

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