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Businesses evacuated after gas leak
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A propane gas leak forced the evacuation of several businesses in a south Forsyth industrial park. - photo by Jim Dean

A propane gas leak Tuesday morning forced the evacuation of several businesses in a south Forsyth industrial park.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the leak occurred about 10 a.m. as a tanker truck was making a delivery to Macsteel on Grasslands Parkway. A valve on the 3,000-gallon tanker failed, allowing the propane to escape.

Shivers said fire and hazardous material crews were summoned, along with a repair crew from Amerigas.

According to Shivers, firefighters continually poured water onto the tank help dissipate the flammable gas and protect the workers trying to stop the leak.

The tanker, which he said was about half full when the incident began, leaked into the early afternoon.

As a precaution, a crew with the gas company was burning the propane off, a process that Shivers said likely would take four to six hours.