Grand Prairie

Evacuation Lifted After Gas Leak Spurs Fire in Grand Prairie

The fire was reported at Mayfield Road and State Highway 360.

NBCUniversal, Inc.

Residents in part of Grand Prairie returned home Saturday night after a gas leak fire forced an evacuation earlier in the day.

Fire crews responded to a high-pressure gas leak under the street at Mayfield Road and State Highway 360. At some point, something ignited and lit up the gas leak, Grand Prairie Assistant Fire Chief Bill Murphy said.

The fire was put out and Atmos stopped the flow of gas, according to a tweet around 7 p.m. from the Grand Prairie Fire Department.

Anyone who returned home and smelled gas was asked to call the fire department.

"The entire roadway is on fire. There’s gas coming up through the cracks, through the sewers," Murphy said earlier in the day Saturday.

Crews evacuated residents of the Hunter's Cove Apartments, some nearby homes, as well as an Exxon, a 7-Eleven and a furniture store.

No injuries were reported, but between 100 and 150 people were impacted by the evacuations.

Murphy said the leak was thought to be coming from either a 6-inch or 12-inch high-pressure gas line and traveled under the ground. The fire department used an optical gas imaging camera to see the vapors to know what areas to evacuate.

Atmos cut lines on either side of the leak to shut it off. After that, the fire department sent crews to every unit in the apartment complex to check the gas levels before residents were allowed to return.

Eddie Valencia lives near the apartment complex and waited by a gas station Saturday afternoon.

"We want to get back so we can get back to normal," Valencia said, lightheartedly. "When we got back to home, my neighbors and everybody said police were knocking on the doors please get out."

NBC 5's Chris Blake contributed to this report.

Contact Us