Evacuated residents allowed back home after natural gas leak in St. Thomas, Ont.

Natural gas leak in St. Thomas, Ont. on July 22, 2021. (@StThomasFire/Twitter)

Officials say people in roughly 20 homes in St. Thomas had to be evacuated Thursday after a natural gas leak.

The homes are located on Locust Street between Fourth and Fifth streets.

It's not clear how the leak occurred, but shortly after 12:30 p.m., St. Thomas Fire announced the gas had been shut off and residents were free to return to their homes.

Fire crews remain at the scene.

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