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Salem Hospital Building Evacuated Over Gas Line Break

Motorists should avoid the area as crews work to bring the problem under control.

Salem Hospital in Oregon
Salem Hospital in Oregon

(SALEM, Ore.) - The Salem Fire Department is dealing with a gas leak at the psychiatric building maintained by Salem Hospital. A one inch gas line there has been ruptured.

The call was reported at 12:22 PM. Salem Fire Spokesman Bill Holmstrom says the building has been evacuated, adding that it is only one building at Salem Hospital.

The facility has been under reconstruction for over a year, it was not clear if the gas line break was a result of new construction in the area.

Motorists should avoid driving in the vicinity of 1127 Oak Street in Salem until the situation is resolved.

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