Gas leak in Voorheesville leads to evacuation of seven homes

VOORHEESVILLE — Criminal charges are pending for the owner of a Lexington Court home following an Albany County Sheriff’s Office investigation that found the owner had intentionally damaged a gas supply line leading to a clothes dryer in the home. 

On Monday, at about 3 p.m., the sheriff’s 9-1-1 center received a call for a resident requesting medical assistance at 7 Lexington Court, according to a Facebook post from Sheriff Craig Apple. 

When emergency medical services arrived at the Lexington Court home on Monday afternoon, “it was discovered that there was a gas leak in the residence,” according to Apple’s social-media post. Seven surrounding homes were subsequently evacuated, and National Grid arrived on scene to cut off the gas supply to the home, Apple wrote. 

Senior Investigator Hector Fernandez told The Enterprise on Tuesday that the sheriff’s office believed the person who was treated was also the same person who cut the gas line.

Fernandez said the biggest precaution EMS workers took was getting the patient out of the home to treat him, preventing “a mass casualty incident.”

“The resident was transported via ambulance to Albany Medical Center to be treated for a mental-health crisis. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit conducted a criminal investigation into the cause of the gas leak,” according to Apple’s post. “[The] investigation revealed the gas supply line to the dryer was intentionally damaged by the owner. Criminal charges are pending.”

Asked if the sheriff’s office has had to respond to the home for prior mental-health calls, Fernandez said, “Not that I know of.”

Asked if the sheriff’s office would be releasing the homeowner’s name, Fernandez said, “Not at this time … If charges are filed, when they are filed, there will be a subsequent release where the name would be released.”

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