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Daycare evacuation considered after gas leak

Officials considered evacuating dozens of children from a Memphis daycare after construction workers severed a gas line Tuesday afternoon. Officials considered evacuating dozens of children from a Memphis daycare after construction workers severed a gas line Tuesday afternoon.

(WMC-TV) – Officials considered evacuating dozens of children from a Memphis daycare after construction workers severed a gas line Tuesday afternoon.

Pleasant View Road just West of Sycamore View is partially closed to traffic more than two hours after a gas main ruptured.

An independent construction crew severed the line as it dug a hole in the road.

Initially, officials said 85 children inside the nearby KinderCare day care center had been evacuated, but that wasn't the case.

The day care center and other surrounding businesses were deemed safe by firefighters who tested the buildings' interior gas levels..

"As soon as it hits the air it's dissipating and the wind is high," said Lt. Wayne Cooke, Memphis Fire Department. "So, we're monitoring the surrounding businesses. At this time, none of them are affected."

The odor of gas was quite strong shortly after the accident, but several hours later people on the scene said it was barely noticeable.

MLGW is working to repair the broken gas line, but it's not known how long that might take.

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