FD: ‘Explosive Level’ Gas Leak Reported In Melville, Evacuates Three Buildings, Closes Part Of Route 110

A natural gas leak of an “explosive level” caused three buildings to be evacuated and part of Route 110 in Melville to be closed this afternoon, police and fire officials said.

Melville Assistant Fire Chief Dave Kaplan said that the department responded at around 1:10 p.m. to the scene at 685 Walt Whitman Road and found “very high readings” of natural gas that “seeped into three separate buildings.”

“They were high enough to be an explosive level, over 5 percent,” he said. “We shut down gas to the buildings, we evacuated the buildings and shut down Route 110.”

There were no reported injuries, but Kaplan said a total of around 20 people were evacuated from the buildings. The other two that were affected are located at 677 Walt Whitman Road and 691 Walt Whitman Road.

National Grid responded to the scene with Melville fire officials and Suffolk police and located the leak, which was in the street, Kaplan said. It took around 90 minutes to secure the leak.

As of 3:42 p.m., police said one lane of southbound Route 110 was open at West Lyons Street, but National Grid had the left lane closed.

Kaplan said 30 Melville fire officials responded to the scene with five pieces of apparatus. Huntington Manor and East Farmingdale provided standby coverage.

-ANDREW WROBLEWSKI