Update: Gibson fire chief says natural gas leak is contained
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UPDATE — Crews have capped the leaking natural gas line and the situation is now under control, according to fire officials. Fire Chief Bryan Cathey said a man was cutting a tree in his backyard Tuesday when he accidentally severed a gas line. As crews worked to contain the leak, located on Front Street, they evacuated three homes and called a railroad company to stop train traffic on a nearby track, Cathey said. It took workers 30 to 40 minutes to cap the line and stop the leak, according to Cathey. Officials with the fire department said there won’t be any charges filed against the man who severed the line. However, they say this serves as a reminder for everyone to “call before you dig” to avoid such accidents. Tennessee residents can dial 811 to have their underground utilities marked for free. Cathey said it would be up to the gas company whether to pursue compensation for the time and manpower used in their response. GIBSON, Tenn. — Fire officials are evacuating some residents after a major natural gas leak. A gas line on Front Street has been ruptured by someone digging, according to the Gibson Fire Department. Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News as information becomes available in this developing story.