[Update] Simsbury Business Evacuated After Gas Leak

A Simsbury business and construction site were evacuated after construction equipment collided with a propane tank.

[Updated] Nov. 21 at 10:37 a.m.

A Simsbury business and luxury apartment construction site have been evacuated while firefighters investigate a gas leak, according to Simsbury police.

At approximately 9:11 a.m. the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department and police responded to reports of a gas leak at a construction site in Weatogue.

An office building at 146 Hopmeadow Street and the construction site for a new luxury apartment complex behind Dunkin Donuts have been evacuated after sources said a construction vehicle struck a propane tank on the site.

Assistant Fire Chief Randy Chesanek said a large construction vehicle drove over an underground 1,000 gallon propane tank crushing the tank's cover and causing the gas to leak.

Upon arrival firefighters evacuated the office building and construction site and waited for the arrival of Aerol Gas technicians to repair the tank, Chesanek said.

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There were only about six people inside the office building at the time of the incident, according to Chesanek. The building includes the Law Offices of John D. Ritson, Ward Kilduff Mortgage, and Clarity Marketing.

Firefighters said the wind helped prevent a buildup of gas in the area which allowed other nearby businesses to remain open. Chesanek said gas level readings were taken at the scene.

No injuries have been reported.

Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company and the Simsbury Police Department are investigating the scene.

This story will be updated as details become available.


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