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Patrons leave the Detroit Lakes McDonald's restaurant late Thursday morning after Minnesota Energy inspectors found a gas leak near the rear of the building. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

Detroit Lakes McDonald's evacuated after gas leak detected

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

The Detroit Lakes McDonald's was evacuated late Thursday morning after Minnesota Energy gas inspectors found an underground gas leak behind the restaurant.

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According to Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson, the inspectors were conducting a routine gas leak inspection at the location and found a leak with a highly sensitive gas detector.

Swanson said a crew from Park Rapids had been contacted and was headed to Detroit Lakes to repair the leak, but that McDonald's would remain closed presumably until Thursday night.

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