Gas leak leads to early morning evacuation |

Gas leak leads to early morning evacuation

The campuses of all three Aspen public schools on Maroon Creek Road were evacuated early Tuesday morning when a natural gas pipeline broke suddenly.Aspen Fire Protection District Chief Darryl Grob said the initial call to 911 was made at 6:10 a.m. reporting the strong smell of natural gas. He said a pipe alongside the small building between the high school and elementary school had broken under the weight of a buildup of ice. The small building is where students take environmental studies classes.Kinder Morgan, the natural gas company that supplies the schools, arrived at the scene and repaired the leak. Grob said firefighters used gas sensors to walk through buildings in the area to determine that the gas, which is lighter than air, had dissipated. The buildings were declared clear about 7:30 a.m., and classes at the schools were able to begin at their usual times.

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