JUST IN: Hundreds in Reston Town Center face natural gas outage after leak

Firefighters respond to a gas leak at Reston Town Center (photo by Brian Poppe)

Approximately 470 people in Reston have lost natural gas services after Columbia Gas of Virginia’s main line pipe in Reston Town Center was damaged, the company says in an alert.

The outage is affecting customers near the intersection of Market Street and Saint Francis Street near the Midtown at Reston Town Center condominiums. The area had been shut down and some buildings evacuated earlier today (Friday) in response to a gas leak.

Columbia Gas spokesperson Russ Bedell told Reston Now that the leak was the result of damage to the gas main by a third-party contractor working for Reston Town Center.

“We were able to shut off the flow of gas, and the situation was made safe,” he said.

Customers in the area have been cut off from supplies while technicians work to repair the damaged line.

“Once repairs have been completed and service restored, Columbia Gas crews will go door-to-door to perform safety checks and relight natural gas appliances for all affected customers,” the company said.

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