A gas leak in downtown Fairbury Wednesday morning sparked a quick response from emergency personnel as officials worked to find the source of the leak, causing an evacuation of part of the area near the intersection of Fifth Street and D Street.
Chief of Police Chad Sprunk explained that dispatch received a call from Black Hills Energy at approximately 10 a.m., requesting aid from the Fairbury City Fire Department as they worked to find a gas leak.
“They requested that the fire department and law enforcement come to the area near the Methodist Church for a gas leak,” said Sprunk. “When we got there, they were already starting to evacuate the area. The immediate area was blocked off and we finished evacuating people.”
There were no injuries reported from the incident Wednesday. Sprunk estimates that crews were able to find the source and stop the leak within a short period time from the initial report.
“Within an hour, we were able to find the leak and take care of it. After we stopped the leak we were able to reopen the road to traffic,” he said.
Sprunk said the leak was located at the Methodist Church, and that the scene is clear.