A gas odor in downtown Pratt Sunday morning, Sept. 3, prompted a search of businesses that resulted in the discovery of an issue in a building behind the Barron Theater that houses equipment that regulates gas pressure for downtown buildings.

A problem with a gas pressure regulator system in downtown Pratt Sunday morning resulted in the Pratt Fire Department checking businesses in a two block area to determine the cause of a gas odor in the downtown area.

Pratt Fire Department Chief David Kramer said some time around 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m Sunday morning, people walking in the 300 block of South Main noticed the odor of gas in the area of the Hope Center and contacted the police department. The fire department was notified as well as Kansas Gas Service. Kramer said when the firefighters arrived, they could smell gas outside the Hope Center and adjacent buildings.

Business key holders in the 300 and 400 block of South Main were contacted and buildings were entered to determine the source of the gas. When they made entry, firefighters didn't detect the odor inside any of the buildings, Kramer said.

"We couldn't find the smell anywhere else," Kramer said. "There was no gas in any of the offices or businesses."

Firefighters also checked the alleys on both sides of the streets. Kansas Gas Service arrived and eventually determined the gas odor was coming from a building, behind the Barron Theater, that has gas pressure regulating equipment that controls the gas pressure for downtown buildings. Kansas Gas Service fixed the problem, Kramer said.

Kramer said the wind and air had to be just right for the gas to hang over the downtown area. The concentration of gas was very low so it was not necessary to evacuate any building or downtown area.

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