MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officials are asking some residents of the Cherry Tree Park subdivision to leave their homes because of an apparent gas leak.
The neighborhood is located off Getwell, just south of College Road. A neighbor told WREG that the gas leak came from a vacant home.
“The report we got was that a car had struck a gas meter and had taken it completely off the riser,” said Robert Lesley, an ATMOS spokesperson.
Crews from ATMOS Energy worked to fix the leak that caused a number of residents in the area of Summer Knoll and Valley Crest Drive to evacuate their homes.
“I grabbed my stuff and I grabbed my kids and my husband and ran. I got scared,” said Tiffany Hodges.
Hodges says she arrived home from work before police and fire were ever called and heard a strange sound.
Hodges says that her neighbor’s husband walked outside and saw the car had hit the house. She said he called 911 when he realized that the trunk of the vehicle was inside the house.
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ATMOS crews remained on the scene for over six hours after finding no one lived at the damaged house.
“That led to a situation where we had to gain access to the house with the help of Southaven Police and Fire so that we could get fans in and get the gas out of the dwelling,” said Lesley.