Gas leak prompts evacuation of 36 residents

Thursday, September 29, 2011 | 6:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Thirty-six residents were evacuated from four residential buildings after a trencher struck a nearby 1.25-inch gas line on White Gate Drive early Friday afternoon.

All of White Gate Drive was blocked off between Sylvan Lane and Route B. Those evacuated were expected to return to their apartments within half an hour, Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said.

Residents were evacuated because of the strong odor of natural gas, Sapp said. Measurements did not show there was danger of an explosion.

The gas line, located at 2206 White Gate Drive, was struck by a private contractor for Colony Apartments.

Sapp said the pipe was being fixed, and he did not know when the road would reopen.

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