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COLUMBIA CITY Ââ A gas leak Thursday afternoon forced several Columbia City businesses to evacuate and temporarily shut down.
At approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Columbia Cityâs fire department was sent to the Columbia City Plaza, located at the corner of U.S. 30 and Ind. 109, for a gas leak.
According to Fire Chief Tom LaRue, crews were boring under the pavement between two strip malls when they struck a gas line.
LaRue said it took nearly two hours to shut off the gas to the area, and several buildings were filled with natural gas.
Since natural gas is lighter than air and there were occasional gusty winds Thursday, LaRue said some of the buildings had a high level of gas in them.
âSome of the businesses had enough gas in them to be explosive,â LaRue said. âThatâs why we evacuated all of the businesses in the area.â
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