More than two dozen homes in Northeast Queens lost heat Wednesday after a contractor doing illegal construction work on the block sawed into their gas main, according to Con Edison.
Residents of 260th Street between Hillside Avenue and East Williston Avenue were evacuated about 3 p.m. after authorities were alerted to a gas odor on the block, spokespeople with the FDNY and Con Edison told Patch.
The gas was the result of a contractor working in the basement of a house on 260th Street, who had managed to cut into the high-pressure gas main that serves 28 homes on that block, according to Con Edison officials.
"That could've killed many people," Con Edison spokesperson Alfonso Quiroz told Patch.
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Residents on the block have since returned to their homes but still had no gas service as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, as Con Ed crews continue making repairs to the gas main.