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Toledo fire: Downtown gas leak has been secured by Columbia Gas

A large natural gas line was hit by excavating crews on Wednesday night. Parts of Washington Street downtown remain closed during the repair.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo fire officials said Friday morning that Columbia Gas has the gas leak downtown shut down and secured at 14th and Washington streets. 

The streets in that area and the I-75 North on-ramp are still closed as final repairs are made. The I-75 South exit 202A Wash St/Downtown is now OPEN.

Excavating crews hit a natural gas line on Wednesday night, rupturing the 16-inch natural gas line. Seven Columbia Gas customers were affected by the ruptured line. Repairs likely will extend through the weekend.  


As of 9:45 a.m. Friday, the following roads remain affected: 

  • I-75N entrance ramp at Washington St and 14th - CLOSED
  • Washington St from 17th to 11th St - CLOSED
  • 11th - 17th St’s between Monroe St and Washington St - CLOSED

Columbia Gas representatives say the repair is an extended operation.

Those in downtown Toledo and parts of north and south Toledo reported smelling a strong odor of natural gas as a result of the damage. Columbia Gas continues to monitor the affected area, but if residents smell gas they should call 1-800-344-4077.  

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.


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