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Residents back home after report of gas leak forced evacuation at Rocky River nursing home

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Nov 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-25 22:07:42-05

Dozens of residents were evacuated from a senior living facility in Rocky River after a report of gas leak Sunday evening.

Residents reported smelling gas at Bickford Senior Living on Detroit Rd. around 5 p.m.

As a precaution, the fire department shut down the gas to the entire building.

According to Lakewood Fire Chief Scott Gilman, crews found a Pilot light on an exterior rooftop unit had gone out, causing the smell of gas outside. Gilman said everyone inside was safe.

Forty-two residents were removed from the facility and put into ambulances and buses to keep them warm during the 2-hour investigation. Part of Detroit Rd. at Interstate 90 was also shut down, but reopened around 7 p.m.

Nine agencies from neighboring cities responded to assist the Rocky River Fire Department.

No injuries were reported.