Domestic issue prompts Lakewood gas leak and evacuation

Gas leak forces evacuations in Lakewood. (Source: WOIO)
Gas leak forces evacuations in Lakewood. (Source: WOIO)

LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - Crews evacuated a neighborhood in Lakewood late Saturday night after a gas leak was reported in the area. Families had to leave their homes in the Parkwood and Franklin Roads areas.

Lakewood Police say that around 9:45 pm, a woman called 911 to report that her husband was planning to harm himself by turning on the gas in the home and blowing up the home. The woman and her children were not home.

Police and Fire arrived at the house and the husband was not home. They could smell the gas, so the utility companies were called in and police evacuated the area and closed the streets.

The utilities were turned off and crews went inside and turn off all the gas utilities that were left on. The house was then ventilated

Families were allowed to return to their homes around 11:35 p.m. and roads reopened.

The husband turned himself in and was arrested for attempted aggravated arson and inducing panic. The case will be turned over to the city prosecutor on Monday.

The suspect's name will not be released until he is formally charged.

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