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Allentown residents in Fairview area experience gas outages

Warming center set up at Roosevelt Elem. School

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Hundreds of customers in the Fairview area of Allentown experienced natural gas outages Sunday, according to UGI.

An equipment issue caused around 400 customers in the approximate area, which includes the blocks north and south of Lehigh Street, between South Fifth and South 12th Streets, to lose services.

UGI Communications Manager Joseph Swope told 69 News he believes the affected area will be without natural gas service for most of the day.

UGI workers will need to enter each individual home to turn off natural gas services in order to complete repairs and restore service. If a home has an outdoor meter or service valve, UGI will shut off natural gas at that point. If the meter is inside and the homeowner is not present, UGI workers will enter the home with the assistance of fire, police and other emergency personnel.

Once  the system is repaired and service is restored, UGI workers will need to enter each home to turn natural gas service back on and relight appliances. Customers in the affected area must be present in their homes for UGI to turn their services back on.

UGI has urged residents not to try turning on their natural gas services on their own.

According to UGI, a warming center for affected residents has been set up at Roosevelt Elementary School, at 210 West Susquehanna Street.

Customers in the affected area can call UGI at 1-800-276-2722 for further information.


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