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Second gas leak this week leaves students cold, closes Kerr Cafeteria

Second gas leak this week leaves students cold, closes Kerr Cafeteria

Second gas leak this week leaves students cold, closes Kerr Cafeteria
November 13
17:52 2013

Joshua Knopp/Senior Staff Writer

Theatre arts freshman Jacoby Boyer had slept through the first half of the evacuation alarm when his roommate woke him up saying, “Dude, you’re going to die!”

About 50 Kerr Hall residents were left standing along the north side of Maple Street in 48 degree weather with a thick smell of gas in their nostrils as, for the second time this week, a gas line ruptured outside the residence hall. The gas was out Monday because of a leak caused by the pipe aging. Students were without hot water for a day and a half, and the cafeteria was closed that night.

After two hours tonight, crews shut off the gas. They expect to repair the leak and have the gas turned back on by 10 p.m. Kerr Hall Cafeteria will not reopen tonight.

Boyer left his room with only one sock on. He, like the other residents, would be unable to go back to his room until the leak was shut off.

“To get out of the cold, I went to the Business Leadership Building and drank coffee and tried to sleep on the tables,” he said.

Cafeteria operations manager Peter Balabuch said he was told about 4 p.m. the cafeteria would reopen in three hours, and it would reopen with a modified menu to not use gas equipment. Since the cafeteria will not reopen, the university will be without kitchen service after 9 p.m. tonight.

Pre-radio, television and film freshman Katelyn Stunkard said she was furious and at first she thought it was a drill.

“For three to four hours, I can’t even get my stuff,” she said. “They didn’t even tell us it’s a real emergency. There’s just so much crap happening here, I don’t even know why I’m paying for it.”

Some students took to Twitter to joke or express their frustration:

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An Atmos Energy gas line broke behind Kerr Hall Wednesday afternoon, causing all residents to evacuate until further notice. Atmos began digging on W Eagle Dr. to find the pipe, which Denton Fire Rescuer Shane Ratledge said sometimes are hard to find. If all goes well Ratledge predicted that the energy company members could have the gas line found, clamped and repaired within an hour. Photo by Margaret Saucedo / Intern Photographer

An Atmos Energy gas line broke behind Kerr Hall Wednesday afternoon, causing all residents to evacuate until further notice. Atmos began digging on W Eagle Dr. to find the pipe, which Denton Fire Rescuer Shane Ratledge said sometimes are hard to find. If all goes well Ratledge predicted that the energy company members could have the gas line found, clamped and repaired within an hour. Photo by Margaret Saucedo / Intern Photographer

Atmos Energy worker walks to the gas leak site behind Kerr Hall this afternoon. Photo by Margaret Saucedo / Intern Photographer

Atmos Energy worker walks to the gas leak site behind Kerr Hall this afternoon. Photo by Margaret Saucedo / Intern Photographer

Atmos Energy digs into the sidewalk on W Eagle Dr. to find another area of the leaking gas pipe to clamp shut while Denton Fire Rescue stands by this afternoon. Photo by Margaret Saucedo / Intern Photographer

Atmos Energy digs into the sidewalk on W Eagle Dr. to find another area of the leaking gas pipe to clamp shut while Denton Fire Rescue stands by this afternoon. Photo by Margaret Saucedo / Intern Photographer

Featured photo: Energy crews work on the gas leak while police block off the area. Photo by James Rambin/Design Editor

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