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Gas leak evacuates Schenectady apartment building

Gas leak evacuates Schenectady apartment building

Firefighters had to evacuate the Wade Lupe Tower & Garden apartments after a worker punctured an out
Gas leak evacuates Schenectady apartment building
Schenectady firefighter Brian Hilton stands by at a gas main leak at Wade Lupe Apartments on Queens Drive Thursday afternoon.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

Firefighters had to evacuate the Wade Lupe Tower & Garden apartments after a worker punctured an outdoor gas main, Assistant Fire Chief Michael Gillespie said.

The worker was driving stakes into the ground next to a driveway, and hit the plastic, 4-inch man, Gillespie said.

Gas bubbled out of the ground. Firefighters evacuated the tenants as a precaution, but Gillespie said they were never in danger — the gas remained outdoors.

Roughly half an hour later, National Grid arrived and began repairs, he said.

Two non-ambulatory residents of the apartment building were taken out of their units by ambulance crews, and were waiting in Mohawk Ambulances for the all-clear. The other residents were standing in a wooded area near the apartments.

The apartments are on Queens Drive, near the Stadium Golf Club.

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