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BREAKING: Gas line explosion causes fire in Lakewood; Hundreds evacuated (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

Firefighters are battling a fire in Lakewood which was reportedly the result of a gas explosion.

The incident occurred shortly after 8 AM in the area of 2nd Street and Forest Avenue, and smoke can be seen for miles.

UPDATE: A 2nd alarm has been toned out, requesting all firefighters to respond.

Buildings in a two-block radius are being evacuated and roads are being shut.

Lakewood is requesting mutual aid from surrounding townships.

UPDATE: A resident who was evacuated tells TLS the explosion was reportedly caused after a tractor struck a gas line.

UPDATE: Lakewood Hatzolah, EMS, Lakewood First Aid and other OEM organizations are assisting with the evacuation efforts.

UPDATE 8:55 AM: The gas line has been shut and the fire has been mostly contained.

UPDATE 9:38 AM: Crews continue to check for gas leaks in the area. Residents not yet allowed back in their homes.

Developing.

Police Commissioner Meir Lichtenstein gives update at the scene.

UPDATE: 11:10 AM. According to sources, the tractor was attempting to dig a trench near a home which had constant flooding, striking the gas line.

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