Sinkhole swallows cars after water pipe breaks

Cars are sumberged in a sinkhole at an apartment complex, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Madison, Wis. About 300 residents of the complex were evacuated after a water pipe break created the sinkhole and potential gas leak. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — About 300 residents have evacuated an apartment complex in Madison, Wisconsin, after a water pipe broke, causing gas leak concerns and creating a sinkhole that swallowed several vehicles.

Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster says emergency personnel were called to the River’s Edge Apartments shortly before 5 a.m. Friday.

Schuster says the department is monitoring the complex for explosive gases and that water service has been turned off at all four buildings.

Several vehicles were submerged or partially submerged in the water-filled sinkhole.

The State Journal says residents were asked to leave two of the buildings in which the power was cut off.

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