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Lynn Firefighters investigating downtown gas leak

A fire truck is park out in front of the Tacos Lupita restaurant on Munroe Street, investigating reports of a gas leak. (Cheryl A. Charles)

LYNN — Police and fire crews are investigating a gas leak that forced the evacuation of a Munroe Street restaurant on Sunday night.

Lynn Fire Capt. Joseph Zukas said the source of the leak is unclear, but it appears to be petroleum-based gasoline that could be flammable, rather than natural gas. A state Hazmat team is on scene and people are being warned to stay out of the downtown area.

No residential buildings have been evacuated, but the leak forced the evacuation of Tacos Lupita, according to Zukas.

Calls started coming in for a possible gas leak on Saturday, with an initial report about the area of the Lynn Police Station. The situation escalated on Sunday night, with numerous calls about a leak at multiple addresses on Munroe Street, Zukas said.

Response is looking like an all-night affair as a strong petroleum gas odor was reported inside multiple buildings and storm drains in the area, Zukas said.

 

 

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