DURHAM, N.C. — Firefighters responded to downtown Durham nearly an hour before last week’s deadly explosion after someone reported a gas smell but returned to the fire station because they did not smell anything, according to a newly released report.
The report states that a woman called 911 at 9:11 a.m., reporting a strong smell of gas as she was driving through the intersection of North Duke and Morgan streets.
“It’s just really strong smell of gas. And I didn’t see anybody around working on anything, so I didn’t… they weren’t doing anything in that area, so I thought somebody might want to check it out,” the woman said.
The Durham Emergency Communication Center dispatched firefighters to the