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Gate City residents say they've reported possible gas leaks in the past

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Alagasco crews arrive at the Gate City explosion scene to continue their investigation on Wednesday morning. Source: Clare Huddleston Alagasco crews arrive at the Gate City explosion scene to continue their investigation on Wednesday morning. Source: Clare Huddleston
The National Transportation Safety Board is the leading the investigation into the explosion. Source: Clare Huddleston The National Transportation Safety Board is the leading the investigation into the explosion. Source: Clare Huddleston
Crews worked at the site until shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Source: WBRC video Crews worked at the site until shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Several Gate City residents say they have complained about possible gas leaks in the past.

Deborah Norton tells FOX6 that just last week Alagasco was in the neighborhood checking a reported leak, but that Alagasco said everything was OK.

But after witnessing the deadly explosion early Tuesday morning, many people are scared. Authorities suspect the explosion was from a natural gas leak, but the official cause has not been determined.

Residents said when they report a leak, they feel that no one takes them seriously.

"This is nothing new," Sha-neea Perkins said. "They come out here and say they don't smell it, oh it smells like trash, or it smells like this. Gas is a distinct smell, it doesn't smell like trash."

"They put the hose in the ground, they spray a little spray, and then they tell us the gas scent is probably coming from elsewhere," Deborah Norton said. "All of these apartments are ticking time bomb. We don't know what's going to happen next."

FOX6 asked Alagasco how many times they've been called to the neighborhood and if they could provide a record of how many concerns were called in or how many times crews were dispatched to the complex.

Alagasco responded by saying: "We are working with state and federal officials on their investigation and we won't be able to provide that information to you."

The NTSB is now leading the investigation. A spokesperson said pipeline incidents are one of the most common investigations the NTSB conducts.

FOX6 also asked the Birmingham Housing Authority the same questions about gas leak reports. So far, they have not responded.

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