FRIENDSWOOD – A roadway remains closed in Friendswood as emergency crews continue to monitor the cause of a natural gas line fire that took hours to extinguish Tuesday evening.
Friendswood Fire Department and Friendswood Police Department responded to reports of a gas line fire in the 200 block of E. Castlewood around 5 p.m.
Power on E. Castlewood was briefly shut down until the fire became stable. At 6:30 p.m., Friendswood police said Texas-New Mexico Power had isolated the affected power line and was working to restore power to the area.
CenterPoint Energy crews were working to identify and isolate the affected line, but as of 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, the fire had been extinguished.
Officials asked residents to continue to avoid the area, and added that E. Castlewood would be closed until further notice.
UPDATE 10:15 PM: At this time, the natural gas line fire on the E. Castlewood has been extinguished. Emergency crews will remain on scene throughout the night. The roadway is closed until further notice. This is still an active scene, please continue to avoid the area.— Friendswood Police Department - Official (@Friendswood_PD) October 20, 2021