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Burk Evacuations Over, Gas Leak Secured

Newschannel 6 has just received word that Burkburnett residents affected by evacuations are permitted to return home.

The evacuations were prompted because of a natural gas leak in the area near Williams Drive to the west of the Post Office.

Interim City Manager Trish Holley said listed the following streets were included in the mandatory evacuation: Margaret, Kirk, Carolyn, Holly, Williams, Wigham and Westwood.

Officials said a 6" Atmos gas line was damaged by a contractor at a construction site around 10:30 a.m. Hazmat arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later and recommended evacuations. Atmos crews went to the scene and secured the leak shortly after 12 p.m.

Residents were asked not to start their cars or smoke within the area because it could be a source of ignition.

The Burkburnett Community Center was opened during the evacuation period to accommodate displaced residents.

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