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Greenpoint Gas Leak Causes Evacuation of Five Buildings

The leak originated near 77 Freeman St. (Google Maps)

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.

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