SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Several homes in Springfield have been evacuated as crews investigate a gas leak that originated in a home on Groveland Street.

According to Capt. Brian Tetreault of the Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad, a passerby noticed a strong odor of gas coming from the area of Groveland Street Thursday night, and immediately contacted Columbia Gas.

Upon arrival, crews detected high gas readings at a vacant home on Groveland Street.

Columbia Gas crews then contacted the Springfield Fire and Police officials to inform them of the ongoing investigation.

Groveland Street has been blocked to through traffic.

Capt. Tetreault says that two homes on each side of Groveland Street and at least one other residence by Groveland Street have been evacuated.

Columbia Gas officials are now in the process of shutting of the main gas line in the street, which is safer than going into the home and shutting the gas off.

The next step in the process, according to Capt. Tetreault, is to ventilate the home before proceeding inside to investigate the cause.

It is unclear when Groveland Street is expected to reopen.

At this time, it is unclear if anyone was taken to the hospital.

This story is developing and we will provide you with the latest update as soon as more information becomes available.

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