2500 block of Durant Avenue closed off because of gas leak

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Update 06/09/2016: This article has been updated to reflect new information regarding the state of the gas leak.

The Berkeley Police Department closed off the 2500 block of Durant Avenue on Thursday morning because of a gas leak.

Several firefighters and police officers, along with at least three fire engines, responded to the leak – which occurred at 2526 Durant Ave., a large yellow building that is currently under construction. According to Berkeley Police Department Sgt. Patricia Delaluna, the leak is expected to take several hours to resolve.

“I’m guessing it’s not good to be breathing in the gas, which is why they closed down the block, but I’m not sure,” Delaluna said, adding that the leak posed the risk of explosions as well.

According to a BPD press release, the leak poses “no current danger,” and emergency personnel are “actively correcting the problem.”

A new media advisory from BPD at 10:21 p.m. said the leak incident had been resolved, and added that “there is no longer a need to stay out of the area.”

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