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Ybor City gas leak forces street closures

Multiple locations throughout Ybor City were closed late Tuesday as Tampa Fire Rescue investigated a gas leak.
Firefighters rest after investigating a gas leak in Ybor City. [Tampa Fire Rescue]
Firefighters rest after investigating a gas leak in Ybor City. [Tampa Fire Rescue]
Published Sep. 11

Something smelled funny in Ybor City Tuesday night.

Tampa Fire Rescue’s Hazardous Materials Incident Team was called out to the Tampa neighborhood around 8 p.m. following reports of a strong smell of natural gas, Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said.

The smell was traced to an area along 4th Avenue between 14th and 17th streets, prompting responders to set a perimeter around the area. Workers from TECO, Fire Rescue and Tampa’s public works tracked the smell to gas leaking into the sewer system. Crews eventually shut down a gas main near 3rd Avenue and 15th Street. The main was shut, stopping the leakage, but its source is still unknown, Penny said.

The sewer was ventilated and the perimeter lifted around midnight.

No injuries were reported at the scene.

TECO and Tampa public works continue to search for the source of the leak.


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