April 18, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Five residential buildings were evacuated earlier this week in Greenpoint following a significant gas leak reportedly emanating from a manhole.
On Tuesday, firefighters responded to a call concerning a gas leak near 77 Freeman St. around 1:15 p.m. after the building’s air monitors detected high levels of carbon monoxide. Once on the scene, residents from five Freeman Street buildings were evacuated as a precaution, an FDNY spokesperson said.
Seventy-seven and 81 Freeman St. were evacuated first, followed by 74, 79 and 89 Freeman St. All are low-rise residential buildings.
Council Member Stephen Levin took to Facebook to warn residents to avoid the area, as a blast zone had been set up by the FDNY.
“Please be advised that FDNY is operating on scene for high levels of natural gas readings emitting from a manhole in front of a three story residential building,” Levin wrote.
No injuries were reported and residents were able to return to their buildings later that evening, a National Grid spokesperson said.
FDNY and National Grid are continuing to investigate to determine the cause of the leak.