All clear given for people to return home following Middletown gas leak, fire

Evacuations in Middletown after gas leak, fire

MIDDLETOWN, Oh. (FOX19) - Residents were able to return home after a gas leak and fire Wednesday morning in Middletown, city officials say.

City of Middletown tweeted that as of 11:36 a.m., Duke and Middletown fire crews gave the all-clear for people to return.

Crews responded to the 900 block of Lafayette Avenue just before 10 a.m. when a construction crew hit a gas line, sparking a fire, said Fire Chief Paul Lolli.

Though the all-clear has been given, they say Lafayette Avenue will remain closed for the time being.

The fire was put out at 11:29 a.m., they say, and the gas line was shut off.

Officials decided at 10:20 a.m. no further evacuation was needed.

Eight residents from 10 homes were under the evacuation order.

No injuries were reported, but authorities asked people to avoid the area.

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