- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say about 200 residents of a suburban Philadelphia apartment complex were evacuated due to an apparent gas leak.

Middletown Township police said PECO officials asked that residents of the Chesterfield Apartments leave their homes as they investigate the problem.

PECO spokeswoman Liz Williamson said crews had responded to the scene for a reported power outage but shortly after noon, they detected a strong odor of gas.

Williamson said power was cut to the units for safety reasons and a gas crew was sent to the site.

WCAU-TV reported that the problem was traced to a fault transformer.

Middletown police chief Joe Bartorilla said the nearby Foxwood Manor apartments opened their community room to displaced residents.



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