Gas line repaired in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Schenectady business was evacuated after a gas leak was detected, and crews attempted to make repairs.

The Schenectady Police Department closed traffic in both directions on Broadway between Genessee and Thompson Street while crews responded. All traffic was diverted to Guilderland Avenue.

Fire crews, National Grid and code enforcement were on scene, and crews broke up the street to try and reach the reported leak.

Broadway Lunch was evacuated due to the leak. The owner said she was only given five minutes to get everybody out.

“People sat down, had a cup of coffee; they wanted to order,” she said. “I said, ‘You’ve got to get out.’”

She said fire trucks and National Grid members swarmed her business and upstairs apartment after someone called in reports of gas nearby.

“National Grid was on the scene, found gas readings in the basement,” Schenectady Fire Department Chief Vince Krawiecki said. “We evacuated the building and came to secure the area while they dig up the road.”

He said situations like this have escalated in the past and resulted in building explosions, which is why until they heard otherwise, Broadway was closed off for hours and traffic diverted.

“We’re very cautious on gas calls,” he said. “We take it very seriously and make sure people are evacuated from the area.”

The reported leak came a day after Broadway Lunch was closed due to snow Monday, and the owner said the week isn’t starting off well.

“It’s going to interrupt the business of course, but we have insurance for business interruption,” she said.

She remained upbeat despite the interruption and said she would take the day off over an exploded business any day of the week.

“It’ll give us an extra day off I guess,” she said.

A National Grid spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that the service line affected has been repaired. 

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