PHOENIX - Fire crews are still working to give the all-clear after a morning gas leak forced the evacuation of 140 people out of a Phoenix hotel Monday morning.
As of 2:40 p.m., the area was still closed and the Holiday Inn in north Phoenix was still evacuated, according to Phoenix fire. Fire crews said the gas levels were lower than this morning, but the levels were still not considered to be safe.
Fire crews said they expect to be working until 5 p.m. this evening.
Reports of a "strong gas odor" started a little after 5 a.m. at the location near 29th Avenue and Cactus Road.
Captain Jonathan Jacobs with the Phoenix Fire Department said fire crews and Southwest Gas worked to secure an area underground which is believed to be the source.
Southwest Gas said they had positive gas readings in the street area around the hotel.
Cactus Road was still shut down from Interstate 17 to 30th Avenue as of 11 a.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Hotel guest Felipe Mery told ABC15's Kimberly Cheng this isn't the first incident since he started his stay at the Holiday Inn.
The fire alarm went off Thursday due to a similar gas-related incident, Mery said. "It's very frustrating."
Jacobs said the evacuees were placed on Valley Metro buses for comfort.
One evacuee was transported to a local hospital for medical reasons, and a firefighter was treated for difficulty breathing, Jacobs said.
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