was dispatched to Friday, July 13 at 12:04 p.m. on a report of a broken gas line at the .
On scene, Police Chief Joseph Daly told Springfield Patch a PVC pipe had melted while construction crews were pouring blacktop behind an empty storefront where a new Sears appliance store coming soon next to .
The southern half of the shopping center was evacuated and secured by .
The gas line was shut off and crews ventilated the premises. Daly said the area was evacuated as a precaution to ensure no one would be harmed.
Business owners, employees and customers were able to return to the area at 12:40 p.m. Crews were able to start repairs to the gas pipe. No one was harmed.
, Clifton Heights, Swarthmore, Media and Drexel Hill fire companies also responded.