Gas leak shuts down SW Gainesville streets

Alachua County Fire Rescue engine
Alachua County Fire Rescue joined multiple agencies on Wedneday when a gas pipe sprung a leak in Southwest Gainesville.
Courtesy of Alachua County Fire Rescue

Emergency responders closed down sections of SW 13th Street and SW Williston Road on Wednesday around noon due to a gas line leak. 

According to an Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) press release and a Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR) social media post, both agencies sent crews—along with the Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office—to assist as Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) personnel worked to stop the leak.

According to a City of Gainesville social media post, GRU stopped the leak but will continue work to repair the line into the evening.

“GRU is still on scene and I believe they got the leak stopped,” ACFR Assistant Chief Michael Cowart said in a phone interview. “So any part of the hazard is currently gone. They do have some lane blockage on the westbound lane of Williston Road and the southbound lane of 13th Street.” 

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Cowart said ACFR provided a fire suppression line in the event there was a spark and the gas was ignited while GFR evaluated the air quality in the area to ensure it was safe for people to be around. 

The GFR post at 1:30 p.m. stated that the estimated road closure time for the area would be three to eight hours. 

Gainesville Fire Rescue engine
Courtesy of Gainesville Fire Rescue Gainesville Fire Rescue assisted when a gas pipe sprung a leak in Southwest Gainesville on Wednesday.

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