UPDATE: Gas leak forced evacuations in Portland

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UPDATE: Consumers Energy was able to stop the gas leak near Grand River and all roads are back open, according to the Portland Area Fire Authority.

UPDATE: Portland Area Fire Authority is advising travelers to plan extra time tonight around the area as several streets are blocked and closed on the west side of town. The closure also includes Alton Park and all sidewalks in the area.

They are asking residents to avoid the area as well as watch for Emergency Personnel and barricaded roadways.

The Portland Area Fire Facebook post went on to say they understand its graduation night at the high school and there are several other events in the area as well as thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: Portland City Manager Tutt Gorman says the evacuation zone is within a one block radius.

Mr. Gorman also added that they are waiting for Consumers Energy to arrive to fix the leak but it could be several hours before its repaired.

UPDATE: The Portland Area Fire Authority sent out a statement that if residents need to evacuate, someone will knock on your door or use a loudspeaker.

ORIGINAL STORY: There is a major gas leak in downtown Portland that is causing nearby homes and businesses to be evacuated.

The leak is at the intersection of N. West Street and West Grand River Avenue.

It was reported just after 3:30 p.m. today.

It’s not known what caused the gas line leak.

There are no reports of injuries.

This story is developing and will be updated online and on 6 News.

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