The Orange Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Orange Congregational Church on Meetinghouse Lane at 10:22 p.m. on a report of a strong odor of natural gas coming from an elevator shaft and boiler room.
First responders did not smell anything, but continued to check inside and outside of the church.
Within minutes many of the department’s apparatus were in the center of town ready to take any necessary action.
The response was knocked down to non-emergency.
At 10:33 p.m. another fire officer detected the odor of gas near the boiler room and a meter was being sent to the basement.
Moments later, at 10:35 p.m. the chief requested a Gas Company representative respond to the church.
Gas Company Rep. arrived shortly before 10:55 p.m. His meter showed ZERO reading.
Chief Gagel began releasing Fire personnel from scene around 11 p.m. He signed out at 11:20 p.m.
Apparently, there was a gas pipe that had been repaired may have had a small leak.
NOTE: The OCC did not have a Holy Saturday service scheduled tonight, so no plans were interrupted. The first Easter Sunday Service here is the traditional Sunrise Service at 6:30 p.m. behind the parsonage.