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Downtown building evacuated Wednesday after odors of gas detected

A building in downtown Morgantown was briefly evacuated on Wednesday afternoon after Morgantown fire and police departments responded to assist with a gas leak at the structure housing Huntington Bank, on the corner of High Street and Pleasant Street. 

According to Christine Mitchell, external affairs manager for Hope Gas, fire and police departments were called to the scene at around 1 p.m. after someone inside the building reported smelling an odor of gas. 

MFD immediately evacuated bank employees and others from the building to ensure safety and called Hope Gas to check for potential leaks, Mitchell said.

Pleasant Street was also closed off to traffic for much of the afternoon so emergency vehicles and repair crews could respond.

Workers were able to locate a gas leak inside the building, she said, and worked to have it repaired before Wednesday evening.  

“No one will be without gas,” Mitchell assured local customers.  

According to Mitchell, Hope Gas workers on the scene reported “there is no longer a presence of gas in the building,” and people were able to re-enter the building before 3 p.m.

Mitchell said no injuries were reported during the incident and no existence of gas is being shown on the meters inside the building.

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