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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Firefighters evacuated several homes this afternoon because of a gas leak near Princess St. and Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

The fire department says crews were cleaning a storm drain around 12:30 p.m. when they heard a hissing sound and smelled gas. WFD says the leak is in a manhole in an alley between Princess and Chestnut near 17th St.

The fire department evacuated about one block of homes around the area as a precaution.

Crews were able to fix the leak around 1:45 p.m.

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