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Macon County road reopens following gas leak, fire

The Macon County Emergency Management Agency director said a gas leak ignited a fire on County...
The Macon County Emergency Management Agency director said a gas leak ignited a fire on County Road 18 near U.S. 80 West on April 17, 2022.(Source: Macon County Emergency Management Agency)
Published: Apr. 17, 2022 at 4:55 PM CDT
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MACON COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Macon County Emergency Management Agency reports that a gas leak that sparked an hourslong fire near Tuskegee Sunday afternoon has been contained.

EMA Director Frank Lee said County Road 18 near U.S. 80 West has been reopened and traffic is flowing again. The road in the western part of Tuskegee was previously blocked off.

Lee said repairs are complete and Natural Gas Company Spire is making reconnections to area customers. There were no evacuations, and no injuries to report.

He said the fire started around noon and burned for several hours. Firefighters were on scene to assist.

Lee believes lightning struck a tree, which compromised the gas line.

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