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Red Lion Gas Leak Forces Residents to Evacuate

A leak was reported in the area about 3 p.m. Tuesday and residents in the surrounding area were evacuated by firefighters.

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Gas Leak Fixed, Residents Return Home

It was a problem that just kept spreading. A neighbor along West Broadway in Red Lion, York County could smell gas Tuesday afternoon.

Fire crews initially evacuated 4 homes, then 15.

The main thoroughfare through the borough was blocked all evening as Columbia Gas crews tried to figure out where the problem was. They found 2 leaks and then 2 more. Each leak was repaired by 8:30pm.

Firefighters went door to door taking readings to make sure it was safe for residents to go home.
“When there’s a call for gas, we want to take all the precautions that we can.”  The company spokesman didn’t know how old the pipes are but do plan to spend about 3.5 million dollars in York County through March replacing aging pipes.

A search underway in Red Lion Borough for the source of a natural gas leak.  A call to York County 911 just before 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon reported the strong odor of natural gas in the 600 block of West Broadway Street.  About a half-dozen homes along the street were ordered evacuated while Columbia Gas crews search for the source of the leak.

The Red Lion Fire Department is providing shelter for residents forced out of their homes.  The American Red Cross has also been contacted.