by Jonathan Weaver
Apartment residents above a downtown Kittanning business reported the smell of a unique odor that could have resulted from a gas leak about 11:30PM Tuesday.
Kittanning Hose Company #1 and #4 firefighters investigated the apartments above the Kittanning Beauty School at 120 Market Street, but were unable to find the odor, Kittanning Hose Company #1 Fire Chief Gene Stephens said.
“We went up to investigate and didn’t smell gas. There’s a brand-new stove in the apartment,” Chief Stephens said. “Nothing on the meters, so protocol on that or (carbon dioxide) is to call the gas company in – they’re the experts on that stuff and have 10 times better meters than we have.”
Firefighters left the scene about 10 minutes after their arrival. At least two apartment residents were outside during the investigation.
Chief Stephens said gas company investigations have warranted two new stoves in Apartment #5 and #1 – which firefighters investigated again last night.
“It’s all new lines and hook-ups,” Chief Stephens said.
Apartment #1 Resident Bryan Gamble said the strong smell has been persistent for a long time in the residence. He has been a tenant about two years.
Dominion Gas officials were to respond to the apartments within an hour of the initial 9-1-1 call.