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El Jebel City Market evacuates for odor

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

EL JEBEL – The El Jebel City Market was evacuated for about 17 minutes Tuesday night after employees reported smelling an odor from a rear storage area.

The Basalt Fire Department was called to the store to investigate a possible natural gas odor at about 6:35 p.m. “Our gas detectors did not pick up any natural gas,” said Bill McEnteer, a fire officer with the department.

Another firefighter who investigated with the detector in the store room reported to his colleagues that the odor appeared to be “more organic in nature.”

The store was reopened at about 6:52 p.m. Source Gas, the natural gas provider, sent a technician to check the scene.

All employees and customers temporarily evacuated. McEnteer said it appeared to be a typical Tuesday night with the parking lot about half full. The grocery store is usually busiest on weeknights closer to 5 p.m. Commerce has already been challenging this month because of the closure of the east entrance to the City Market parking lot due to work on a new roundabout at the intersection of Willits Lane and East Valley Road.