SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI — Residents of six homes in in South Kingstown, Rhode Island were evacuated on Sunday as emergency hazmat crews responded to a gas leak on Ministerial Road.

According to South Kingstown's Union Fire District Chief Steven Pinch, crews responded at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving a 911 call for a possible propane gas leak in an underground tank at a Ministerial Road property.

Union Fire District members set up a safe zone and contacted the regional Hazardous Materials Team from the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District, which worked to burn off the remaining gas on the scene.

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A total of six homes were evacuated while units worked to control the scene, although according to Pinch, families were able to quickly return to their homes.

There were no injuries reported during the incident.

Crews were on scene for approximately four hours.

“Our members are trained to respond to more than just house fires, and gas leak and hazardous materials calls are a great example of that," Pinch said. "We are glad that there were no injuries to any residents in the area as a result of this call."

Pinch added that the department would like to thank the Hope Valley Hazmat team for their quick response and assistance.

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