Gas leak evacuates north Eugene apartment

Gas leak evacuates north Eugene apartment

EUGENE, Ore. -- A gas leak prompted fire crews to evacuate about a dozen people at a north Eugene apartment building Sunday night.

Officials responded to reports of a gas leak at around 7 p.m. Sunday outside an apartment building on Roosevelt Blvd.

Fire Battalion Chief Brian Smith said that Northwest Natural shut off gas to the apartment and started repairing the leak. He added that the short-term evacuation was merely a precaution.

"It is flammable, but the nice part about natural gas is it's lighter than air... so it dissipates rather quickly when it's outside," said Fire Chief Smith.

The leak started when a gas line broke at the meter outside the apartment building. Officials aren't sure what caused the break, but they suspect it could have been caused by a car crash.