Fort Hall evacuation traced to propane bottles
The Fort Hall Fire Department evacuated the TP Gas and Convenience Store on Tuesday after a suspected gas leak was detected. The store is at Exit 80 off Interstate 15.
Tribal spokesperson Randy L'Teton said the leak was discovered at 11:41 a.m. and the building and surrounding area evacuated about 10 minutes later.
Intermountain Gas shut off the natural gas line to the area at 12:39 p.m. Fort Hall fire and police departments established a safe perimeter around the store while the leak was being repaired.
Angelo Gonzales, executive director of the Shoshone-Bannock tribes, said that as of 1:10 p.m., the situation was under control.
Intermountain Gas spokesman Byron Defenbach said Wednesday the event was not a natural gas leak. He said the situation was traced to odor from some empty propane bottles.
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