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Natural gas leak prompts closure of Kirkland’s Totem Lake Boulevard; shopping center evacuated
A gas line severed by a city contractor that caused a natural gas leak prompted Kirkland police and fire officials to close Totem Lake Boulevard and evacuate a shopping center Tuesday morning.
Police and fire personnel responded to a report of a natural gas leak at the 12500 block of Totem Lake Boulevard around 10:50 a.m.
The initial investigation revealed that a two-inch gas line was severed by a contractor working on a city culvert project. Puget Sound Energy was on-scene and shut off the gas. Fire officials said people were evacuated from six businesses within a shopping strip mall located on the west side of Totem Lake Boulevard.
Additionally, both directions of Totem Lake Boulevard were closed.
By 12:15 p.m. the road was open and people were allowed to return to the businesses.