Thief Stealing Dryer Causes Gas Leak

A thief is being blamed for causing a gas leak at a Northeast Philadelphia apartment complex.

Philadelphia Police say the thief was trying to steal a dryer out of an apartment along the 1800 block of Solly Avenue on Thursday morning and broke a natural gas line in the process.

The gas leak prompted the evacuation of the complex.

The Philadelphia Fire Department and Philadelphia Gas Works were able to shut off the gas flow shortly after arriving at the scene.

No one was injured. Residents were allowed back into their homes shortly after the gas was shut off.

Police are investigating the incident, but no one has been arrested.

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