DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Multiple homes in Durham have been evacuated as a precaution due to an underground gas leak, according to the Durham Fire Department.

Firefighters said they received a call about the gas leak around 8:15 a.m. on Monday.

Firefighters said the area from Carlton Avenue to Primitive Street between North Queen and Gurley streets has been shut down because of the leak.

A total of 35 families have been evacuated due to the leak, according to firefighters.

Mark Causey had to evacuate his home because of the gas leak.

“I heard a knock on my door, and they said ‘Fire Department!’ and I got to the door, and she said ‘Gas leak—don’t start your car get out!” Causey said. “As soon as I got out the door you could smell the gas. It was really powerful.”

Durham Fire Department Division Chief Jeff Roberts said the Water Department was initially investigating a water leak when they smelled gas.

“The Water Department was here investigating reports of a water leak. They smelled gas when they got here, so they called us; after we started investigating, I determined there was a gas line that was broken under the roadway,“ Roberts said.

Roberts said the repair could take multiple hours.

The gas company is working to repair the leak, firefighters said.

CBS 17 has a crew headed to the scene; stay with us for breaking news updates.