South Fargo Building Evacuated, Traffic Detoured After Gas Leak

38th Street in Fargo Was Closed Temporarily Wednesday Morning Due To A Gas Leak

FARGO, ND — A building under construction in south Fargo was evacuated this morning after a gas leak.

The Fargo Fire Department got a call around 7 a.m. of a gas leak inside the building going up south of the Microsoft campus.

When fire crews arrived, they found high levels of natural gas and evacuated about 40 construction workers out of the building.

The street was shut down and traffic was detoured while Xcel Energy crews worked to shut the gas line off.

Fire officials said gas leaks during construction are common.

“Sometimes there’s lines where they didn’t know…mis-marking it. Sometimes they get a little bit off course,” said Battalion Chief Craig Nelson. “We go to quite a few of these in the summer. Most of the time, it’s just about making sure the gas doesn’t build up inside of the building, that it’s dissipating safely.”

No one was hurt and 38th Street South was reopened around 9 a.m.

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