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3 Richlands businesses shutdown after gas leak

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A gas leak forces officials to evacuate three Richlands businesses.

According to Lieutenant R.W. Brown with the Richlands Police Dept., the call came in at 7:12 a.m. Friday after a concerned citizen smelled a strong odor of propane. 

Crews were able to trace the leak back to an underground tank at Burger King on Front Street. Employees and patrons of the restaurant, a nearby Wendy's and convenience store (The Corner Mart) were evacuated.

Lt. Brown says local firefighters and a Hazmat crew are working to transfer propane from the leaky tank to one on the surface. The work should be completed by 6 p.m.

No injuries have been reported. 

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