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Gas line fire extinguished in Suffolk

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Posted at 8:41 PM, Aug 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-21 20:42:37-04

SUFFOLK, Va. – One person is injured after a gas line catches fire in Suffolk.

According a press release from the city Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to the 6700 block of Burbage Lake Circle just before 3:30 on Sunday.

The fire was coming from a hole in a 4 inch gas line, according to Captain Barney Howard. Officials said the fire started during contractor digging.

A total of 5 residents evacuated as crews worked to make the area safe. Medical personnel  had to treat and transport a worker who was injured in the incident. He is at Sentara Norfolk General with non-life threatening injuries.

After 2 hours the fire was deemed ‘under control,’ as Columbia Gas shut down the gas line.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.