Gas Leak Forces Neighborhood Evacuation

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by Brick PD

BRICK-On 1/12/18 at 10:27 am the Brick Township Police Department responded to the area of the 300 block of Cherokee Lane for a gas leak.

Upon arrival of Police units it was determined that dangerously high levels of natural gas were detected in the area of Cherokee Lane and Seminole Lane. The Township Fire Companies and the Gas Company were contacted as well as Township OEM officials and Brick Police First aid. The evacuation of Cherokee Lane, Seminole Lane, Island Drive, Iroquois Drive and Deerfoot Lane was conducted by emergency personnel on scene. All of the Brick Township Fire Companies, Stations 21, 22, 23 and 24 along with the Brick Township Police EMS to assisted in the evacuations of the area homes. 

Several surrounding fire companies identified as, Silverton, Point Boro and Point Beach assisted to help cover the township while evacuations were taking place. A command post was set up at the Windward Tavern parking lot with Chief James Riccio coordinating the operation with Police, Fire, EMS and OEM.

The New Jersey Natural Gas Company located the leak in the roadway in the area of 314 Cherokee Lane and gas was turned off to the area so repairs can be made. The cause of the leak is not known at this time, repair crews will be working to restore gas to the area residents. The Gas Company believes the repair will take 6-8 hours at which time gas can be restored to the area homes.

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