Gas leak results in brief evacuation of Telegram staff Monday

6/18/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

After receiving reports of a gas leak Monday morning, Black Hills Energy personnel evacuated The Garden City Telegram as they attempted to locate the leak.

Gabe Schlickau, external affairs program manager for Black Hills Energy, said the company received multiple calls about possible gas leaks, resulting in the evacuation of Telegram employees from shortly after 8 a.m. until about 9 a.m.

Schlickau said the leak was found on a small heating appliance on the top of the Telegram's roof, which was repaired, but that the source of the odor was still undetermined.

"We don't know where the odor or the calls came from, but we want our customers to take precautions whenever they smell a gas leak," Schlickau said.

An odorant that smells like rotten eggs is added to natural gas for leaks to be detected.

Schlickau said that whenever someone suspects a natural gas leak, they should call (800) 694-8989.

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