A gas leak has shut down Wapping Road. Crews currently on-site.
updated at 12:00 p.m. The Middletown Fire Department has reported the leak has been repaired. Crews are onsite and are refilling and patching the road. Road expected to open by 2:00 p.m. today. original story: According to the Middletown Fire Department, there is currently a gas leak in a broken pipe near 1134 Wapping Rd. The road will be shut down while repairs are made. Nearby homes were checked for leaks, but none were found. "It just has leaking up from the road, grass and dirt of the side of the road," said Fire Chief Ronald Doire. Once the repairs are made, the road will reopen.
A gas leak at Rocky's Ace Hardware in Middletown Tuesday required response from Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth and Navy fire departments and Middletown Police.
The following information was provided by the Middletown Fire Department: A gas leak at Rocky’s Ace Hardware Store at 278 West Main Rd. on Tuesday morning created a cloud 25-feet high and 50-feet wide, which required evacuations, road closures and assistance from all four fire departments on the island. The leak apparently occurred while a store employee was filing a propane tank. The leak was first identified by a Middletown police officer around 9:54 a.m. The officer reported a strong gas odor and large gas cloud near the hardware store. The department also received calls from residents who drove by the location and saw the gas cloud. A call for Mutual-Aid assistance was requested from Navy, Newport and Portsmouth fire departments. …