Possible natural gas leak in Newport near intersection of Bay Blvd and John Moore Road. Newport Fire-Rescue is on scene.
Newport Fire has called for mutual aid from Seal Rock Fire. Smell of natural gas in the air. There’s talk of a large evacuation of people from surrounding buildings.
Many residents in the immediate vicinity are not being allowed into the area to go home. The leak could be quite large, creating a large fire danger. Bay Boulevard, Vista Drive, Harbor Crescent and other streets are off limits until firefighters know what they’ve got.
Northwest Natural Gas crew is on the scene.
Nortwest Natural crews starting to dig to close off the leak. Electricity is shut off from John Moore to highway 20.
Some residents are being allowed to return to their homes. No through traffic at this time.
Gas leak has been closed off by Northwest Natural Gas crew. Fire and law enforcement personnel are opening the roads and leaving the area. Electricity is being restored.