BRICK – Numerous officials arrived on the scene of a gas leak that shut down the 300 block of Cherokee Lane on the morning of Jan. 12.
Dangerously high levels of natural gas were detected in the area surrounding Cherokee Lane and Seminole Lane when the police arrived, officials said. The Township Fire Companies, the Gas Company, OEM officials, and Brick Police First Aid were contacted to help diffuse the situation. The gas was later shut off when The New Jersey Natural Gas Company targeted the leak as originating from the roadway in the area of 314 Cherokee Lane.
The areas of Cherokee Lane, Seminole Lane, Island Drive, Iroquois Drive and Deerfoot Lane were evacuated by emergency personnel, assisted by the Brick Fire Companies Stations 21, 22, 23, and 24 as well as Brick Police EMS. A command post was also established in the Windward Tavern parking lot where Chief James Riccio could communicate and work with all officials that were helping at the scene.
Fire companies from Silverton, Point Boro and Point Beach stepped up to help cover Brick Township while Brick officials were assisting the evacuation process.
The cause of the leak is still unknown and no injuries were reported during this incident.