Buffalo Fire Department investigating gas leak on Franklin Street

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Fire Department is investigating a gas leak at 170 Franklin Street in downtown Buffalo on Tuesday morning.

The area on Franklin between Huron Street and Mohawk Street has been closed. Everyone in a 300-foot radius of the building was evacuated for a short time, but people were let back into surrounding buildings by around 9:15 a.m.

The fire department entered the eight-story building, where they found “very high” levels of natural gas that reached “explosive levels”. The building holds Osteria 166 and other businesses. The gas in the building has been shut off and they are working to resolve the situation. National Fuel is on scene as well.

In addition, classes for the day at Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School, located on Franklin, have been canceled. However, the school has been deemed safe.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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