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Gas Leak Scare: Leak in restaurant forces highway closure, evacuations


A natural gas leak at the La Carreta Mexican Restaurant on Cosby
Highway, on Monday morning, June 17, forced the evacuation of nearby
buildings as a precaution. Seen from left are, Capt. Steve Hudson,
Newport Police Department Chief Maurice Shults, Capt. Scott Lamb, and
Patrolman Joshua Veridal. On the right are firefighters with the Newport
Fire Department. Traffic was halted both ways on the Cosby Highway for
close to an hour while firemen entered the restaurant and took natural
gas level readings.
Published: 8:17 AM, 06/18/2013 Last updated: 8:18 AM, 06/18/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-The Jefferson/Cocke County Utility District moved quickly to shut off gas to La Carreta Mexican Restaurant on Cosby Highway on Monday morning in order to avoid a possibly dangerous, explosive situation.

Workers doing a routine check of the restaurant's building detected a natural gas leak inside and immediately ordered the gas company to shut off gas to it, said Tommy Bible, general manager of JCCUD.

Bible stated that gas had built up to three percent. He noted that there is a possibility of an explosion occurring if the percentage is anywhere between five and 14 percent.

The restaurant and "A Cut Above Hair Design close to the restaurant were closed when the call for help came into the Newport Fire Department at 9:33 a.m.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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