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Gas leak causes evacuation in Columbus

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Scene of the gas leak in Columbus (Source: FOX Carolina) Scene of the gas leak in Columbus (Source: FOX Carolina)
COLUMBUS, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Emergency responders were called after the smell of gas was reported at a pizzeria in Columbus on Wednesday night.

The call came in from Brick's Pizzeria at 4:47 p.m. and the first responders turned the meter off from the restaurant, according to police.

The leak caused responders to evacuate the block on East Mills Street in Columbus as a precaution, according to police.

Police said they believed the gas had migrated to the other buildings on the block, which caused them to evacuate. Carbon monoxide was the first concern of responders, they said. They said their second concern was the gas could find a source of ignition and cause a fire or explosion.

By 8 p.m. on Wednesday night emergency crews were leaving and the road was reopened.

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