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Gas leak closes Washington Township shopping center, library after contractor hits lines

Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Senior Correspondent Boyd A. Loving
Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Senior Correspondent Boyd A. Loving
Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Senior Correspondent Boyd A. Loving
Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Senior Correspondent Boyd A. Loving

STORY/PHOTOS: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Senior Correspondent Boyd A. Loving

UPDATE: A gas leak caused when a contractor accidentally cut two lines closed the A&P shopping center on Pascack Road and cleared the nearby publc library in Washington Township early this afternoon.

Stores were evacuated as township police, firefighters and EMS workers responded around 12:30 p.m.

A construction company digging a trench behind the Dunkin Donuts “completely cut” two 1½-inch gas lines, Washington Township Fire Chief William Bilias told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

A Bergen County Hazardous Materials unit happened to be at the center and assisted Bilias’s firefighters in checking stores for gas and possible injuries.

At least one person initially required attention, at the bagel shop in the shopping center.

A PSE&G crew allowed staff and customers to return just after 1 p.m. Meanwhile, crews worked on repairing the line.

Westwood, Hillsdale and River Vale responders either went to to the scene or provided mutual aid.

STORY/PHOTOS: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Senior Correspondent Boyd A. Loving

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