LUMBERTON — A natural gas leak on Caton Road has been contained after crews worked through Monday night and into this morning to control it, according to the Lumberton Fire Department.
The leak forced an evacuation at Elkay Manufacturing, road closures and a delayed schedule at the plant today.
“It was a small set of our second shift, which is 100 people overall, and we moved them over to another building until we got the all clear, which was at about 10:15 last night,” said Linda Carlisle, a spokesperson with Elkay Manufacturing. Lumberton firefighters were on the scene “pretty much all night” until 5:45 a.m., according to Chief Murray West
West estimated that workers with Wynnco Boring hit the Piedmont Natural Gas line at about 5:30 p.m. Following the leak, Caton Road was closed off.
Carlisle said the leak was on the property of International Paper at 820 Caton Road, not Elkay Manufacturing’s property, and that the building was evacuated at the request of Piedmont Natural Gas. Attempts to reach officials at International Paper this morning were not successful.
An estimate of the amount of gas leaked was not available from Piedmont Natural Gas at deadline.
A report has not yet been filed, but West said he believes the workers may have been putting in a cable line.
Elkay Manufacturing Company produces sinks, faucets and cabinets.