Columbia Gas, West Springfield Fire investigate “gas smell” at Riverdale Shops

Techs checking for a leak, no readings found

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – West Springfield Firefighters and Columbia Gas crews were taking readings Friday night to find the source of a gas odor at the Riverdale Shops.

West Springfield Police Sgt. Timothy Smith told 22News that the gas smell was detected in the area of the Stop & Shop and the Table & Vine Liquors. He said they were checking for a possible leak, but none had been found.

Columbia Gas spokeswoman Andrea Luppi also said company techs were using meters to determine the scope of the problem. She said, “We received reports of the smell from Chilli’s to the Olive Garden, which pretty much encompasses the entire plaza.” Luppi went on to say that the crews on site had “found no readings of any natural gas.”

A 22News crew saw customers inside both the grocery store and the liquor store, but Luppi told 22News that “the Stop and Shop had self-evacuated.”

The area was cleared around 11:00 p.m. Friday. Luppi said no leaks were found.

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