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Gas leak discovered in underground pipeline in Peoria; Rescue Mission evacuated

UPDATE (12:27 p.m.) -- Peoria Fire Department officials say a gas leak was coming from an underground pipeline in the street.

Crews were first called to the Rescue Mission at 601 SW Adams for reports of a gas leak. There, they located high levels of natural gas in the basement of the structure and about 30 people were evacuated.

High levels of gas were also located in the basement of Born Paints. Both buildings were ventilated using electric fans to remove the natural gas.

Ameren workers were able to shut down the gas line in the street to allow for the ventilation.

Power had to be shutdown at both buildings and Ameren crews will likely stay on scene for an extended period of time to restore gas and power to both buildings.

No injuries were reported in the Monday morning incident.

UPDATE (11:36 a.m.) -- Peoria city officials say Jefferson and Adams streets have reopened to normal traffic.

PEORIA (WEEK) -- City officials say Jefferson Street between Kumpf and Oak, and the intersection of Adams and State Street, is temporarily closed due to a large gas leak.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area and seek an alternate route.

This story will be updated.

Drew Veskauf

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