"It was a pretty hectic scene for a while because of the amount of gas leaking and we couldn't get it stopped," said Bobby McGarry of the Newcomerstown Emergency Rescue Squad.

McGarry said a foundation wall collapsed at the Coffee Stop at 108 S. River St., Newcomerstown, last Saturday (March 5) causing a gas line to rupture.

The gas odor was first spotted by those in the Coffee Stop.

The Coffee Stop, as well as nearby apartments, houses and Eureka-Orme Hardware were all evacuated until representatives from Columbia Gas could shut off the gas. In doing so, they had to dig up a portion of the sidewalk to shut off the gas.

The building is not condemned, however, extensive work has to be done to repair the foundation wall before the gas will be turned back on. Buildings adjacent to the Coffee Stop were not damaged and residents could return to their facilities.

"I'm sure it's thousands of dollars worth of work," McGarry said to repair the structure.

The building is believed to be owned by Bud Scott and is reportedly in the process of being sold.