Natural Gas Leak In Tullahoma

gas leakSome residents in the area of East Lauderdale and South Anderson Street in Tullahoma had to be evacuated Thursday morning.
According to Tullahoma Fire Chief Richard Shasteen, employees from Tullahoma Utilities Board struck a natural gas line while digging to install a utility pole causing the leak.
“There were about 25 customers affected by the leak,” Shasteen said. “We evacuated 15 residents and businesses from the area for about an hour.” The leak occurred around 9:30 a.m.
The fire department arrived on the scene and immediately closed off the area while employees of the Elk River Public Utility District arrived and started closing off the gas line. After about 45 minutes residents were allowed to return to their houses and businesses were allowed to open back up.
For public safety, Shasteen requested the Manchester Fire Department to standby at Compton’s Creek and the AEDC Fire Department to standby at the golf course on the AEDC Road. “We asked them to standby in case there might be a fire in those areas and we couldn’t pull away from the leak in time to get there, they could,” the fire chief said.
In addition to members of the fire department there were also Tullahoma Police Officers assisting with traffic control in the area. Also assisting at the scene were members of the Coffee County Ambulance Service and Coffee County Emergency Management Agency Director Allen Lendley.