UPDATE: Greenville gas leak fixed; preschool and residents allowed back

The pre-school was evacuated along with nearby homes.
Published: Sep. 14, 2023 at 9:57 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2023 at 2:06 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A natural gas leak disrupted a preschool and a Greenville neighborhood this morning.

Greenville Utilities says crews worked for several hours to repair the gas line break on West 4th Street and Tyson Street.

Officials say a construction crew was working and cut the line around 8:30 a.m.

Greenville Fire/Rescue ended up evacuating two blocks, including the Sadie Saulter Education Center. People living in residences from 5th Street to 4th Street between Tyson and Ford Streets were asked to move to a safe spot.

GUC crews quickly shut down the line on both ends and then repaired the damaged line.

Pitt County Schools says children at the preschool were all safe. The kids were evacuated from the building and waited in a bus with air conditioning until it was safe to return to the classrooms.

One student was transported by ambulance to ECU Health Medical Center due to anxiety-related issues, officials said.