UPDATE | Shelter-in-place lifted after gas leak in Ashland

Emergency crews are blocking off the area surrounding a natural gas leak in Ashland, Kentucky. (Source: MGN)
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ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 9/19/19 @ 2:55 p.m.
The shelter-in-place in Ashland, Kentucky has been lifted.

Emergency management officials issued a shelter-in-place Thursday afternoon for a one block radius following a gas leak. Ashland Police say the leak was near Hager Elementary.

We're told Columbia Gas has the leak under control and is working on repairs. "Air monitoring in the area is zero," stated emergency officials.

UPDATE 9/19/19 @ 2:15 p.m.
Emergency management officials have issued a shelter-in-place near an elementary school following a gas leak.

The Ashland-Boyd County-Catlettsburg Office of Emergency Management says the shelter-in-place is for a one block radius surrounding Blackburn Avenue and Hyman Avenue. It was issued as a precaution.

That means anyone within the affected area should close all windows and doors. Turn off your HVAC system and stay indoors. Emergency management officials say air monitoring is in place.

Columbia Gas has a repair crew at the scene. It's unclear when the shelter-in-place will be lifted.

"An alert has been sent to those residents affected," the agency posted on Facebook.

Ashland Police say the leak is near Hager Elementary.

Blackburn Avenue is closed between 13th Street and Central Parkway. Hyman Avenue is closed between Blackburn Avenue and Maryland Parkway. Officers suggest planning ahead for alternate routes.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY 9/19/19
Emergency crews are blocking off the area surrounding a natural gas leak in Ashland, Kentucky.

Ashland Police say the leak is near Hager Elementary.

Blackburn Avenue is closed between 13th Street and Central Parkway. Hyman Avenue is closed between Blackburn Avenue and Maryland Parkway.

Police say the Blackburn Avenue will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. Officers suggest planning ahead for alternate routes.

Columbia Gas is on scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.