Residential Apartment Building Evacuated After Lightning Strikes Gas Pipe

PHOTOS & VIDEO: [UPDATED 11:30 AM] A residential apartment building on 7th Street was evacuated after a lightning reportedly struck a gas pipe. The incident prompted the Fire Department to hit out for a General Alarm.

The lightning struck on the roof, and traveled through the building, according to Fire Chief Rodney Youmans. There was smoke visible at one point, Chief Youmans said.

Dozens of firefighters, EMS and Lakewood First Aid personnel responded to the scene and evacuated all the building’s residents.

7th Street between the tracks and Princeton Avenue is shut to traffic as officials determine there are no further threats to the building.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is on scene inspecting the building.

The building is expected to remain closed for the next few hours. TLS.

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  1. Please remember when an emergency is in progress please stay on the safe side of the yellow tape. That is put up for your safety. There is no need to make more work for the responders involved by having to ask people to get behind the line. Thank you from a first responder.

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