WESTPORT - A gas leak sparked a massive fire in Westport Friday morning, forcing nearby businesses and homes to be evacuated.

The incident happened shortly before 11 a.m. on Post Road between Bulkley Road and Maple Avenue. Authorities say crews tapped into a gas line, prompting a fire to spew from underground and singe trees in the area.

Several stores were without gas for much of the day as repairs continued. The road was reopened about an hour after the initial leak.