COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Columbia Fire Department has issued an alert after having to evacuate a daycare off Broad River Road due to a suspicious odor in the area.
A spokesperson said Play Pals Day Care and Kindergarten on Dothan Road will be closed for the time being while Columbia Fire crews and officials from DHEC investigate the source of the odor.
All of the children have been picked up and are now safe.
The smell was a result of an equipment problem under the BP gas station that sits next to the daycare. The station is having issues with one of the tanks under it and that caused the smell of gas.
The gas station has suspended operations for the time being and the daycare will be closed for at least the next 12 to 24 hours.
The spokesperson said the smell of gas should dissipate over time but residents are encouraged to open their windows and let their homes air out if they face any issues.
One person was taken to the hospital because of the orders. Dothan Road is closed to traffic at this time. Residents have been allowed to return to their homes on Dothan Road but fire crews are working with police to control access to the area for the time being.
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