Natural gas leak prompts evacuation order in W.Va.

June 27, 2019 GMT

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A natural gas leak prompted authorities to temporarily evacuate a one-block area surrounding a West Virginia shopping plaza.

News outlets report the evacuation order was lifted about two hours after the leak was reported Thursday at the Riverwalk Mall in South Charleston.

Utility crews hit a gas line next to a four-lane road adjacent to the mall. No injuries were reported. The South Charleston Fire Department issued the evacuation order while the leak was being fixed.

The mall has about a dozen businesses, including restaurants, a grocery store and a bank.


The evacuation came shortly after a nearby chlorine distributor issued and then quickly lifted a shelter-in-place for an incident that was contained to the plant.