Gas leak on 4th street, traffic diverted

Gas leak on 4th street, traffic diverted

Beaumont Fire and Rescue reported a natural gas line leak on Dec. 13 at 12:51 p.m.

"Emergency personnel are on the scene of a natural gas line rupture in the vicinity of 2688 S 4th St," District Fire Chief Scott Wheat said in a release. "For precautionary measures, occupants are being evacuated in the immediate vicinity. All traffic is being diverted around the area as well. The public is advised to stay clear of the area until notified."

This story will be updated with further details as information becomes available.

UPDATE: 2:04 p.m.

Beaumont Fire and Rescue PIO Brad Penisson said that a water department crew struck a two inch gas line around noon today. One business, a barbershop, with three occupants inside, was evacuated. 

Both the 2600 and 2700 blocks of 4th Street are currently closed. 

"Centerpoint Energy has a crew on scene," Penisson said. "They are estimating that the gas should be cut off in the next hour.."

UPDATE: 3:27 p.m.

"The gas leak on 4th street has been controlled and the street is now back open," Beaumont Fire and Rescue PIO Brad Penisson said.

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