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Norwalk Police Evacuate Five-Story Apartment Building Due To Gas Leak

Norwalk police and fire remain on scene at 515 West Ave. as Yankee Gas works to locate and repair the natural gas leak.
Norwalk police and fire remain on scene at 515 West Ave. as Yankee Gas works to locate and repair the natural gas leak. Photo Credit: Lt. Paul Resnick via Twitter
Fire and police respond to the emergency at 515 West Ave. in Norwalk late Friday.
Fire and police respond to the emergency at 515 West Ave. in Norwalk late Friday. Photo Credit: Lt. Paul Resnick via Twitter
Emergency vehicles block the intersection of West Avenue and Merwin Street.
Emergency vehicles block the intersection of West Avenue and Merwin Street. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police via Twitter
Photo Credit: Norwalk Police via Twitter
Photo Credit: Norwalk Police via Twitter

NORWALK, Conn. -- All residents of the five-story Waypointe building at 515 West Ave. in Norwalk were evacuated late Friday due to a natural gas leak, according to Norwalk officials.

"Yankee Gas excavating street. Avoid!" tweeted Norwalk police Lt. Paul Resnick ‏@NPD_PIO at about 10:30 p.m.

Complaints of a gas odor were reported on the fifth floor of the newly built apartment building at about 9 p.m. Friday, according to police reports.

Everyone was ordered to leave the building at West Avenue and Merwin Street in central Norwalk on the bitterly cold night with temperatures in the single digits, police said. The building has over 200 units, police reported.

Yankee Gas is on the scene, police said, and searching for the source of the odor and/or leak.

Norwalk police assisted in emptying the building of all residents, with officers going door-to-door to make sure everyone was safely out.

Authorities were asking residents to avoid the area.

"Norwalk fire and police on scene of gas leak in front of 515 West Ave. Building was evacuated and door-to-door canvassing conducted to evacuate the building," the Norwalk Office of Emergency Management said on its Facebook page. "Repairs should be made within a few hours. Avoid the area due to traffic congestion."

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