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Gas Leak Forces Evacuations at West Market and Ghent Road in Fairlawn

Fairlawn and Bath Police had the intersection closed from 8 a.m. to about 10:30 a.m.

Contractors working on widening Trunko Road hit and broke a 4-inch natural gas pipe around 8 a.m. Monday morning. and departments responded to the intersection of West Market Street and Ghent Road to close the intersection from both directions.

The gas leak forced the fire department to evacuate the next door BP gas station, said Fairlawn fire Capt. Rich Dobson. It also caused National Tire and Battery to close its doors until the road was opened.

"Any time you have a gas leak, it's a fire hazard," Dobson said. "We monitored the atmosphere in the neighboring hotel where people were sleeping to make sure it wasn't explosive air. It's OK in there."

Crews worked to clamp both ends of the gas pipe to stop the leak, Dobson said.

Denise Shauger August 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I am confused. Isn't the intersection of Market and Ghent in Fairlawn, not bath?
Megan Rozsa August 06, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Yes, Denise. I had my editor put up the alert while I was running out to the scene. She's not as familiar with the area as I am. It's correct now, sorry for the error, and thanks for reading!
Denise Shauger August 06, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Fairlawn police and fire have responded and traffic is being rerouted away from the intersection on Ghent and Market.
Megan Rozsa August 06, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Are you saying that's incorrect? I was at the scene, both Fairlawn and Bath police and fire are there.
Denise Shauger August 06, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Yes, both departments responded as is always the case in matters such as this. Great to live in an area where such immediate professional cooperation protects the those of us who live and work here. This situation was handled quickly and efficiently, with as little disruption to traffic flow as possible.

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