Gas leak contained, residents allowed to return home
PLYMOUTH — According to a report from the Marshall County Emergency Management agency, the gas leak near Liberty Street Depot on Pennsylvania Avenue has been contained, and residents are being allowed to return home.
A five block radius north and east of the leak was evacuated this morning by the Plymouth Police Department. Lincoln Jr. High School was put on standby but students were never evacuated.
LJH principal Dan Funston said that if the school was evacuated, students would be transported by bus to Riverside Intermediate School, where they could be collected by their parents.
The Marshall County American Red Cross opened a shelter for displaced residents for the duration of the evacuation at First United Church of Christ, located at 321 N. Center St. in Plymouth. Burger King provided a complimentary lunch for emergency responders and residents affected by the leak.
Posted Monday, 1:50 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, April 17:
PLYMOUTH — Fallout from March’s major fire at Liberty Street Depot continued Monday morning, as Plymouth police and fire personnel responded to a gas leak near the depot at about 10 a.m.
“One of the exterior walls (of the depot) that was not completely down fell over and broke a gas line,” explained Plymouth firefighter Cal Barker later Monday afternoon.
NIPSCO spent the better part of the morning and afternoon attempting to stop the leak while Plymouth emergency responders evacuated residents in a five-block area and put nearby Lincoln Jr. High School on standby. The Marshall County chapter of the American Red Cross opened a shelter for displaced residents at First United Church of Christ on Center Street, and Burger King provided complimentary lunch for emergency responders and residents affected during the ordeal.
Plymouth police and fire departments remained on the scene until the leak was stopped at around 1:30 p.m., and residents were allowed to return to their homes.
Although LJH was never evacuated, principal Dan Funston said Monday morning that staff had been notified and the school’s buses were ready to transport students to Riverside Intermediate School, where they could be collected by their parents.