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Detroit Lakes McDonald's evacuated after gas leak detected

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/TRIBUNE1 / 2
Minnesota Energy inspectors probe an area near the McDonald's drive-through Thursday morning after finding an underground gas leak at that location. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE2 / 2

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

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.