ONG, firefighters respond to gas leak at OKC strip mall

Storm damage made its way through Oklahoma City, with a gas leak at SW 59th

Storm damage made its way through Oklahoma City, with a gas leak at SW 59th keeping fire crews busy. The Oklahoma City Fire Department received a call about an odd smell in a strip mall. A big concern for the fire department was to safely get everyone out of the shopping center and away from the alarming smell. “Crews arrived on scene and found an odor of natural gas inside,” Battalion Chief Russell Huffman said. This led to a quick evacuation of the entire shopping center. “To make sure all the citizens and residents were safe and out of harm’s way,” he said. The damage came from high winds during Thursday night’s storms. “Crews made access to the roof, found a damaged gas pipe on the roof going to a furnace- appeared to be damaged from the storms last night with the high winds that we had overnight,” Huffman said.Oklahoma Natural Gas quickly assessed the problem and shut off meters inside the buildings. “But we want to make sure it’s all out of the attic spaces and things like that, to where if a lot of air moves through, we want to make sure we don’t leave pockets of that gas in there,” he said.Huffman said no one was injured.“Because there’s some restaurants here, it’s going to get cold tonight, good chance some heaters are gonna get fired up, and we don’t wanna leave any of that gas in place,” he said.

Storm damage made its way through Oklahoma City, with a gas leak at SW 59th keeping fire crews busy.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department received a call about an odd smell in a strip mall.

A big concern for the fire department was to safely get everyone out of the shopping center and away from the alarming smell.

“Crews arrived on scene and found an odor of natural gas inside,” Battalion Chief Russell Huffman said.

This led to a quick evacuation of the entire shopping center.

“To make sure all the citizens and residents were safe and out of harm’s way,” he said.

The damage came from high winds during Thursday night’s storms.

“Crews made access to the roof, found a damaged gas pipe on the roof going to a furnace- appeared to be damaged from the storms last night with the high winds that we had overnight,” Huffman said.

Oklahoma Natural Gas quickly assessed the problem and shut off meters inside the buildings.

“But we want to make sure it’s all out of the attic spaces and things like that, to where if a lot of air moves through, we want to make sure we don’t leave pockets of that gas in there,” he said.

Huffman said no one was injured.

“Because there’s some restaurants here, it’s going to get cold tonight, good chance some heaters are gonna get fired up, and we don’t wanna leave any of that gas in place,” he said.

https://www.koco.com/article/oklahoma-city-strip-mall-evacuated-after-reports-of-natural-gas-odor/37980420