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Residents allowed back home after gas leak in Seneca County village

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MCCUTCHENVILLE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

McCutchenville residents are allowed to return to their homes after a gas leak forced them out for more than 24 hours.

Six businesses and 38 homes were evacuated Wednesday because of the leak, leaving 67 people displaced. Officials say the problem was first detected around 3 p.m. Wednesday at a Clark gas station. Crews are still on site Thursday, making repairs and cleaning up the scene.

Just after 5 p.m. Thursday residents were allow back inside their homes. Anyone displaced by the leak should contact the McCutchenville Fire Department at 419-981-5005 before reentering their home or business.

Dean Henry, public information officer for Seneca County, says an unknown amount of gasoline leaked into the storm water system and vapors were detected in residential structures Wednesday and early Thursday.  A door-to-door check Thursday afternoon showed vapors were no longer present.

As a precaution, anyone who smells gasoline or a fuel odor, or experiences nausea, headaches or unexplained medical symptoms should immediately evacuate their residence or business and call 911. Gasoline vapors in a structure are volatile and pose explosion and health hazards. Residents should comply with any request by fire personnel to evacuate.

"What makes it even more so, is in the winter time, we have greater ignition sources. We have furnaces turning on and off, hot water heaters, and people using auxiliary sources, like kerosene heaters and electric heaters," said Henry.

On Thursday, firefighters began flushing sewer lines by dumping water into the system at high ground locations, while an environmental remediation service out of Fort Wayne used a vacuum truck to pull out the contaminated water.

"Make sure everything is below limits before people can come back in, and it is impossible at this point, for us to say when that will be," said Henry.

Anyone displaced by the leak should contact the McCutchenville Fire Department at 419-981-5005 before reentering their home or business.

A Red Cross shelter has been established at the Trinity United Church of Christ located at 8919 South State Route 53.

The fire department is being assisted by more than 50 personnel from the Sycamore VFD and EMS, Tiffin Fire Division, Fostoria Fire Division, Upper Sandusky Fire Department, NBS Fire District, Bascom Joint Fire District, Seneca County EMA, Wyandot County EMA, Hancock County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Ohio EPA.

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