Milwaukee, WI- MILWAUKEE — A neighborhood is on edge after We Energies discovered another gas leak in their area. The last leak was the source of a house explosion.
As 12 News reporter Marianne Lyles found, neighbors in the area of 10th and Wright streets are worried about their safety. We Energies trucks took over the block for most of Wednesday, digging up the road and trying to repair a gas leak. Neighbors were shaken up by the scene.
“We’re just on pins and needles wondering what’s happening and what’s going on down there,” resident Angela Taylor said.
The Taylors called We Energies early Wednesday morning after smelling natural gas. This was the second time in 10 days that crews feverishly worked in the area.
Just around the block from Wednesday’s gas leak is the house that exploded Feb. 1. The damage remains, reminding residents of what natural gas can do.
A We Energies representative said this gas leak is small, and neighbors should not be worried. The leak is coming from a service line, but what caused the small crack has yet to be determined.
“They’re probably totally separate and most certainly would be in that case, Brian Manthey of We Energies said. “This one is one of the service lines that leads to one of the homes, and the other one was a gas main that actually had a cut in it.”
That explanation doesn’t reassure some neighbors who witnessed the explosion that injured four people.
“My biggest fear is our house is going to blow up,” Angela said. “I don’t want to be in the house, you know, after what happened around the corner.”
“If we upstairs and we can smell it, and you come outside and you can smell it, that can’t be too small of a leak,” Alfonso Taylor said.
We Energies said it wants residents to be alert and call in concerns, even if it turns out to be a false alarm. Officials said it is better to be safe than sorry.