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A New Richmond firefighter walks in the alley between the Lowrey Hotel and Family Dollar while responding to a call about a gas leak at the hotel on Monday morning. (Photo by Sarah Young)

Gas leak evacuates Lowrey Hotel

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New Richmond Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of a gas leak at a downtown business just before 8 a.m. on Monday morning.


According to Fire Chief Jim Vander Wyst, a person believed there was a major gas leak at the Lowrey Hotel (116 W. Thrid St.) because he or she could hear gas flowing and the dials on the meter were spinning rapidly. 

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Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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