- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say three Long Island commercial buildings had to be evacuated due to a gas leak.

Police, fire and National Grid authorities responded to the Melville scene on state Route 110 Tuesday afternoon.

Assistant Fire Chief David Kaplan says firefighters detected high levels of natural gas in the buildings that could’ve caused an explosion.

About 20 people were evacuated. Kaplan says no injuries were reported. Officials say the buildings have been ventilated.

A National Grid spokeswoman says the cause of the leak is unclear. It has since been repaired. Crews will monitor the scene until Wednesday morning.

Store owners tell News 12 New York they’ve reported smelling gas since Thanksgiving. They say officials told them the leak came from an outside pipe that traveled through a crawlspace into their store.

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