Authorities evacuating Independence hotel due to gas leak - KCTV5

Guests allowed back into rooms after hotel gas leak in Independence

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Authorities evacuated an Independence hotel due to a gas leak.

The leak was reported just after 6:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn. The building was cleared just before 8 p.m.

The hotel is in the 4200 block of Noland Road. Independence fire officials said an exterior gas line broke because of the weight of the snow.

Fire officials got the meter shut off in a matter of minutes.

Hotel management said about 50 guests were at the hotel at the time. The hotel and workers were first taken to the hotel lobby to wait for authorities to arrive.

Because the leak was outdoors, the gas quickly dissipated.

Missouri Gas Energy conducted several tests and determined the building was safe for guests to return to their rooms.

The all clear was given about 90 minutes after the leak was first reported.

The Independence incident occurred a week after a gas leak outside JJ's restaurant led to an explosion that leveled the business, killed a waitress and injured about 15.

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