Gas restored to Youngstown Air Reserve Station after reported leak causes evacuation

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A Dominion Gas spokesman said they received two separate calls

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The gas has been restored at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station after Dominion Energy investigated two natural gas odor complaints at the facility.

Crews were sent to the Air Base on King-Graves Road in Vienna around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

A Dominion Gas spokesman said they received two separate calls, one involving an indoor natural gas odor complaint and the second was outdoors.

As a precaution, all non-essential personnel were evacuated until further notice.

“The safety of our airmen, including our DOD personnel, are of our utmost concern, so it’s easy to send them home and say hey, we’re going to fix this, and make it right. We’d rather be safe than sorry, of course,” said Master Sgt. Bob Barko, Jr.

Dominion Energy spokesman Neil Durbin said they tested their equipment and everything was OK. They determined the leak is within the air base’s natural gas piping system.

Durbin said the leak is minor and away from the building, so gas was restored to the facility.

Crews concluded their inspection of the piping system Wednesday and base personnel were instructed to relight appliances in all the buildings.

All non-essential personnel will arrive at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

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