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Chlorine gas leak closes Poland Hollow Road

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By The Staff

By DAVID DOONAN

ddoonan@roanecounty.com

A chlorine gas leak at a Midtown residence sent one man to the hospital and lead to the evacuation of homes on Poland Hollow Road.

According to Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, a chlorine gas leak at the Harriman home of Marjorie Dodd, 446 Poland Hollow Road, forced the evacuation of

residents. Dodd has been in the news in the past months over charges she had been running a puppy mill.

Reports say the Dodd's son, David, was taken to Roane Medical Center in Harriman with undisclosed injuries caused by the leak.

 Apparently, a hole was found in the side of a tank causing the leak, and the cause for the hole is being investigated.

 Rose also said that residents in the "nearby areas," were evacuated as a precaution and a shelter has been set up at Roane State Community College.

Poland Hollow Road was closed from Ruritan Road in Harriman to beyond the Dodd property to allow crews to investigate and contain the leak, and for the safety of residents, until the emergency passes. 

A HAZMAT team planned to go back in and use a large container to house the leaking tank and contain the spread of the toxic gas.

More details as they develop.