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Gas leak forces Cedar Crest Professional Park evacuations

PRESS PHOTOS BY TIM SINGLES Firefighters from Western and Eastern Salisbury were called to a reported gas leak in the area of 1265 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. around 2 p.m. Jan. 17. Lehigh County 911 reported a contractor hit an underground gas main causing a leak. The leak forced the evacuation of several of the buildings in the professional park for approximately an hour until UGI crews were able to shut off the gas supply. Salisbury fire crews were assisted by several neighboring fire and EMS crews. No injuries were reported. ABOVE; A cloud of gas can be seen coming from the damaged underground pipe on the north side of the 1265 building.
ABOVE: Fire crews from Emmaus Fire Department stand by as UGI crews work to shut off the gas leak.
UGI crews work to close the gas shut off valve along South Cedar Crest Boulevard. Additional photos appear on Page A2.
Western Salisbury firefighter Alan Fichter, right, and deputy chief David Xander, left, stand by with an attack line as UGI crews work to stop the gas leak. PRESS PHOTOS BY TIM SINGLES
Fire crews from Eastern Salisbury Fire Department prepare to set up ventilation fans at the entrance to the 1265 building.