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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Courthouse, Justice Center evacuated because of odor

  • The Leavenworth County Courthouse and Justice Center were evacuated Tuesday morning for what was thought to be a natural gas odor, according to a Fire Department official.
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  • The Leavenworth County Courthouse and Justice Center were evacuated Tuesday morning for what was thought to be a natural gas odor, according to a Fire Department official.
    It turned out the odor was coming from an automobile dealership and was not natural gas, Leavenworth Assistant Fire Chief Mark Nietzke said.
    The incident was reported at 10:03 a.m. Tuesday.
    “Initially we went to the courthouse (330 Walnut St.),” Nietzke said.
    But the Justice Center, 601 S. Third St., also ended up being evacuated because of the odor.
    Undersheriff Ron Cranor said the Leavenworth County Jail, which is located at the Justice Center, was not evacuated. He said jail officials still were waiting for definitive information before evacuating, and it turned out the odor was not the result of a gas leak.
    Nietzke said the odor apparently was coming from the Henry Martens Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership at 315 Choctaw St.
    He said a collection area for oil and other materials was being pumped out, producing an odor which apparently was drawn in by the air handling units for the courthouse and Justice Center.

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