Broken gas main causes evacuation at Goucher

September 17, 1997|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

Five buildings were evacuated and classes were canceled briefly yesterday at Goucher College after construction workers sliced through a gas main at Van Meter Hall. No one was injured, authorities said.

The mishap occurred just before 11 a.m. as construction workers continued renovation of Van Meter Hall, the campus humanities building. No students were in Van Meter, but about three dozen students in four buildings around it were evacuated as a precaution, said Goucher spokeswoman Cami Colarossi.

One firetruck waited on campus while five Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employees capped the broken main, said Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman Mark Hubbard. "Van Meter Hall was the only building that had gas in it," Hubbard said.

John Reid, a BGE gas emergency worker, said the pipe broke at a wall and "was leaking pretty good" -- so much so, he said, that the workers could smell it and fled the building. "They evacuated themselves," Reid said.

Goucher canceled classes from 11: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m., Colarossi said.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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