Eventually, her area was evacuated. All in all, she said the evacuation was not too bad, only lasting approximately 45 minutes for her.
“We just grabbed the dogs, loaded them into the kennel and went to Subway and grabbed a sandwich,” said Moore, adding they then hung out at Kwik Star until officers said it was safe to go home.
Changing winds affected the firefighters’ efforts. Atkinson said the wind shifted Friday night, causing gas to drift into the residential area in the 2200 block of North Second Street. Crews began evacuating that area, before suspending it after the gas was shut off.
Fire crews remained on scene until 10:57 p.m., after all area buildings were found to be free of natural gas.
Firefighters were called back out at 11:53 p.m., for a fire at a two-story, single-family residence. Upon arrival of the first responders, smoke and fire were found on the first floor. Atkinson confirmed that two residents were home at the time.
Crews had the fire under control within 10 minutes, but stayed on scene for several hours to check for hot spots and conduct the investigation. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.
No one was injured in the fire. The estimated loss is $60,000.