POMEROY —A contractor working in the East Memorial Drive area on Thursday morning reportedly struck a gas line, leading to the closure of Holzer Clinic and the surrounding area.
According to Pomeroy Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rick Blaettnar, a contractor working for Holzer Clinic in Pomeroy reportedly cut into a two inch gas line. The contractor using an excavator cut into the line about 10:18 a.m.
Pomeroy Fire Department arrived on the scene and Blaettnar evacuated two buildings including Holzer Clinic. The fire department stood by until personnel from Columbia Gas was able to contain the leak shortly after noon.
After the leak was contained Columbia Gas released Pomeroy Fire Department from the scene around 12:15 p.m.
A statement from Holzer Health Systems soon after 11 a.m. on Thursday read,
As a result of a recent gas line breach in proximity to the Holzer Meigs Clinic, located at 88 East Memorial Drive in Pomeroy, Ohio, the clinic location has been closed for the remainder of the day. Holzer Health System’s urgent care facilities in Athens, Gallipolis, and Jackson, Ohio, are available for those in need of urgent care services and the Holzer Meigs Emergency Department located at 41861 Pomeroy Pike, Pomeroy, Ohio, is available to serve those experiencing more serious conditions.
At this time, we do not anticipate any significant concerns related to this breach but will continue to monitor the situation closely. Please be assured that Holzer remains committed to the highest level of patient safety and quality service. We will continue to update the public should this situation continue to affect clinical access.
Dave Harris is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.