Minor damage done to gas line near UAMS facility prompted evacuation

Minor damage done to gas line near UAMS facility prompted evacuation
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A gas line hit by a construction crew Wednesday prompted the evacuation of the UAMS KIDS FIRST in Pocahontas.

The incident happened near the facility which is located at 410 Camp Road.

Davita Dialysis is currently under construction and David Durrant, Seakay Construction Superintendent, told Region 8 News he called 911 out of precaution after minor damage was done to a gas line.

Durrant said there was a slight smell of gas at the Kids First facility. The Pocahontas Fire Department responded and the line was patched about an hour later.

Parents picked up their children at the Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas around 10:30 a.m.

Luther Lewis, Five Rivers Medical Center CEO, said they were happy to have the kids join them. "We were very happy we could help them out and have a place for them to bring all of the children," Lewis said. "Because you never know, we may have an issue where we need to call on them someday."

No injuries were reported and the UAMS facility is back open. Construction also continued on the neighboring building.

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