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Gas leak forces evacuation of Grosse Pointe Woods homes

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Public safety officials for the city of Grosse Pointe Woods are asking people to avoid the area of Mack Avenue and Allard Road because of a gas leak.

They also said homes and businesses in the area have been evacuated.

Allard between Mack and Bramcaster Road has been blocked off, said Brian Smith, a spokesman for DTE Energy, which provides natural gas service to the city and its residents.

Smith said the company received a call about the gas leak just after 10 a.m. and repair crews were dispatched to the area and arrived by 10:30 a.m.

"Crews are working on getting (the gas) shut off and the leak contained right now," he said. "We don't have an estimate on when it's going to be fixed yet."

Smith also said preliminary reports indicate the leak was caused by a contractor who was doing work for DTE Energy.

"They were doing some work in the area and it looks like they hit a gas main," he said. "That's where it appears it's coming from."

cramirez@detroitnews.com