***UPDATE (04:49 p.m.)*** The Mullins Crossing Chick-fil-A Will Be Closed Through Friday Night Due to Safety Concerns
Management at the Mullins Crossing Chick-fil-A tells WJBF that they have made the decision to close the restaurant for the remainder of Friday evening after a gas main was ruptured outside the store by construction workers unaffiliated with Chick-fil-A. Tomorrow, they plan to be opened at their normal time at 6 a.m.
It is not clear at this time whether the main entrance to the Mullins Crossing shopping plaza will be open tomorrow. For the time being, the side entrances are open, as well as all other stores and restaurants.
According to Atlanta Gas Light, a contractor working on a boring project not connected to Atlanta Gas Light damaged a 2-inch natural gas main before 1 p.m. today near the Washington Road entrance of Mullins Crossing shopping plaza. Atlanta Gas Light crews are on the scene working with first responders. Gas was shut off while impairs were made.
According to witnesses the smell of gas was coming from the sewers near the restaurant and a visual bubble of gas pooling beneath the asphalt was seen to make the road rise before the gas was cut off.
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies are directing traffic at Washington Road and Owens Road due to an underground gas leak that lead to the evacuation of the Chick-fil-A at Mullins Crossing.
According to a county spokesperson, customers and staff at Chick-fil-A were evacuated solely as a precaution and that inspectors have checked the inside of the restaurant and found no trace of escaped gas.
The gas leak is expected to close the entrance at Mullins Crossing for several hours, at the very least. The side entrances to Mullins Crossing remain open, and a county spokesperson says that no other businesses have been closed at this time and that the leak itself has been turned over to Atlanta Gas Light.
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