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Updated: Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation of Four Buildings on Sunset Hills Road

A natural gas leak prompted the evacuation of four commercial buildings late Friday afternoon as a precautionary measure, according to the Fairfax County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

Units were on the scene on the 11500 block of Sunset Hills Road where the gas leak is suspected to have occurred.

In a statement, authorities described the situation as “stable.” No injuries were reported.

This story was updated on 7:38 p.m.

 

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BREAKING: Gas Leak Shuts Down Road Near Wiehle-Reston East

Fire on St. Trinians CourtFirefighters have shut down part of Sunset Hills Road near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station due to a reported gas leak.

Sunset Hills Road between Metro Center Drive and Wiehle Avenue is currently closed to traffic, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials.

Though nobody has been injured or sickened by the leak, authorities are advising people nearby to stay indoors as a precaution.

“They are checking some buildings,” said Fairfax Fire and Rescue spokesman Bill Delaney. “But nobody complaining of any illnesses.”

Workers struck and ruptured a gas line about two miles away from that area yesterday.

We’ll update this story as we know more.

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Alert: Elden Street Closed for Gas Leak Repair

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A gas leak in the 1100 block of Elden Street in Herndon  has closed traffic in both directions, Fairfax County officials said.

Elden Street is closed in both directions from Herndon Parkway to Alabama Drive as of 1 p.m. and will be closed for about five hours, officials said.

Herndon Police have not said how the gas leak started.

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BREAKING: Sunrise Valley Drive Shut Down for Gas Leak

Fire crews fixing gas leak on Sunrise Valley Drive

Update, 2:25 p.m.: The road is now open.

Original story, Wednesday 11:30 a.m.: Sunrise Valley Drive will be shut down in both directions for most of Wednesday as crews fix a gas leak.

A gas main was hit by a construction crew shortly before 11 a.m.

Traffic is blocked from Parkridge Boulevard to Hunter Mill Road. Fairfax County Police at the scene said it could be several hours before roads are reopened.

Reston Now will check with Sunrise Valley Elementary School for information should it affect school pickup and buses this afternoon.

Last week, there was a similar incident in Reston. Reston Parkway was shut down for hours, disrupting traffic on many nearby streets, due to a gas main break caused by a construction crew.

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Gas Leak Disrupts School Day at Terraset Elementary

Gas leak at Terraset Elementary

Students and staff at Reston’s Terraset Elementary were on lockdown in the school cafeteria for about an hour on Wednesday due to a gas leak at the school.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue crews were called to the school about 11:40 a.m. for a smell of gas. The leak, in the rear outside of the building, was located and capped. Crews determined it was safe for people to remain in the part of the school away from the leak while it was fixed.

Most students returned to their classrooms or safe areas of the building by 12:45 p.m. Upper-grade students in the temporary classrooms outside the school remained in the trailers. There were no injuries.

“As always, we were pleased with the appropriate and responsible conduct of our students and the professional manner of our staff,” principal Lindsay Trout said in an email to Terraset parents and guardians after the school day resumed. “We truly have a responsive and caring school family.”

Terraset’s grounds have been an active construction site for more than a year as the nearly 40-year-old school is undergoing a major renovation.

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