Joshua Morrison/News

Joshua Morrison/News

MOUNT VERNON — Some residents on Parrott and Delano streets, between South Main and Newark Road, were told to leave their homes this morning after a gas line in the construction area has been hit.

Mount Vernon firefighters went door to door advising residents of the evacuation while the line is repaired. Residents were told it could be four or five hours and they should call 911 dispatch after that time frame to see if it was safe to return home.

Fire Chief Chad Christopher told the News he was aware of the situation, but was not on the scene. He believed about a “half-block” area on the two streets was under evacuation.

Lt. Todd Davis, MVFD, told the News at about 1 p.m., this is a “copy and paste” scenario of the gas line break in August when residents and businesses on Parrott Street, west of the railroad tracks, were evacuated.

“The construction company is performing their job as they need to,” Davis said. “They have to dig up the water lines and are having trouble locating the gas lines.”

Peppy’s Pull Thru was also closed as part of the evacuation. The area is to be avoided.

Officials said Columbia Gas was called to correct the problem.

An alert was posted through WENS. Davis said Knox County Emergency Management Agency would send updates via WENS and
local media.

To sign up for WENS alerts, visit and click of the “Knox County Alerts” at the top of the page.


Samantha Scoles: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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