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Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Gas


Just before 8 p.m. employees inside of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office building on North I street,  reported smelling gas.

Officials Evacuated the area as a precaution immediately.

According to Chief Deputy Eric Haines, a maintenance crew and a subcontractor were doing work on the roof.

The boilers in the building have been off for a number of days and the crews were working to get them back up and running.

In order to do that, the workers had to blow out gas lines.
During the blow out a small amount of gas traveled from the roof,  down the elevator shaft and into some work areas.

Fire crews were called in to investigate, and cleared the building for return in about an hour.

They determined the amount of gas released into the building was small enough that it posed no danger to anyone inside.
When the source of leak was discovered, and the building was cleared, the mishap was blamed on a lack of communication between maintenance crews and the building administration.

As far as we know, no services were interrupted by the evacuation of the building, and the building and surrounding area have been declared safe.

This come in the wake of the explosion caused by a natural gas leak at the Escambia County Jail across the street back on May 1st.