Gas leak reported at church property
CHESTERTOWN — A church school and a neighboring medical office building were evacuated Thursday morning, Nov. 16, as gas began leaking from an underground tank.
The leak was at the corner of North Kent Street and Philosophers Terrace in Chestertown on the grassy lot at the Chestertown Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church also is home to the Chester River Adventist School.
The gas leak was reported at about 10:30 a.m. Students and teachers were evacuated from the Adventist school as were staff and patients at the adjacent University of Mar yland Shore Medical Pavilion at Chestertown on Philosophers Terrace and neighboring residents downwind from the leak.
Two blocks of North Kent Street were closed to traffic, as was much of Philosophers Terrace, while firefighters trained a hose at the leak to better disperse the escaping gas.
“You may smell propane outdoors. If you smell it inside your dwelling, please call 9-1-1 for assistance. Please use caution in the area and use alternates routes when driving in the area,” stated a notice from the Kent County Office of Emergency Services.
Firefighters on the scene said the leak may have been caused by a pickup truck driving onto the grassy area next to the church and striking an exposed portion of the underground gas tank.