Gas leak leads to evacuation of Hope Center, closing of West Loudon Ave.

The Lexington Hope Center was evacuated and West Loudon Avenue was closed Tuesday after a two-inch pipe near the Hope Center began leaking natural gas, authorities said.

The leak was discovered about 12:30 p.m. and had been repaired by about 2 p.m.

A Lextran bus was called to give Hope Center residents refuge from the heat, said Brian Wainscott, Lexington Fire Department battalion chief. City buses sometimes provide shelter for displaced residents during an emergency at the fire department's request, said Jill Barnett, Lextran's director of community affairs.

Columbia Gas was called to fix the leak.