UPDATE: Pender County jail reopens following gas leak

Gas leak repairs on Jan. 24, 2020. (Photo: Town of Burgaw)

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County jail is open again following a gas leak in downtown Burgaw Thursday.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office said inmates who were evacuated have returned to the facility without incident.

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The Town of Burgaw said repairs were expected to be completed and roads reopened sometime Friday afternoon.

WWAY’s Kylie Jones reported at 6 p.m. that South Walker Street had opened back up to traffic.

According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, an utility crew cut a gas line at the intersection of Walker and Wilmington streets around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Residents and businesses were asked to evacuate the area.

The Pender County jail was evacuated for the safety of inmates. All inmates were taken to nearby jail facilities to be housed overnight.