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The gas main which feeds NW30 was broken at 2:30 p.m. yesterday by employees of Bond Brothers working on the NW35 project. As a precaution, buildings NW21 and NW30 were evacuated by the Cambridge Fire Department. The workers were installing a storm drain when they broke the main.
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Gas Leak Causes Evacuation of NW21 and NW30

The gas main which feeds NW30 was broken at 2:30 p.m. yesterday by employees of Bond Brothers working on the NW35 project. As a precaution, buildings NW21 and NW30 were evacuated by the Cambridge Fire Department. The workers were installing a storm drain when they broke the main. By 3:04 p.m., occupants were allowed back in to both buildings. During the leak, NW30 lost gas for a brief period of time. The “all clear” was issued around 4 p.m., according to Ruth T. Davis, Communications Manager of MIT’s Department of Facilities.

Tom Baillie of Bond Brothers said that Dig Safe had been called and had marked the area, but that Dig Safe had not marked the gas main that their excavation crew broke. The Tech was unable to reach anyone at Dig Safe for comment.

A representative for NStar confirmed that they responded to the gas leak but did not have the necessary information about their Dig Safe process to comment.

—Quentin Smith