What to Know
- 2 multi-story buildings in Manhattan were evacuated Wednesday as Con Edison investigated the source of a possible gas leak, the utility said
- Fifth Avenue, between East 26th and East 28th streets, was temporarily shut down as authorities investigated
- Two buildings -- 224 Fifth Ave. and 226 Fifth Ave. -- were evacuated, but people were allowed back in around 3:30 p.m.
Two multi-story buildings in Manhattan were evacuated Wednesday as Con Edison investigated the source of a possible gas leak, the utility said.
Con Edison said it was notified of the issue on Fifth Avenue, near East 26th and 28th streets, around noon. Two buildings — 224 Fifth Ave. and 226 Fifth Ave., both six-story buildings, according to Street Easy — were evacuated.
The utility said it shut the gas off in those buildings as it searched for the source of the leak, which was later found on the service line going from the street into the building.
The city's Emergency Management Office sent out a notification on Twitter telling people to avoid the area, which was temporarily shut down as emergency personnel responded.
People were allowed back in both buildings by 3:30 p.m., Con Edison later said.