By Ethan Colbert
The abnormal odor detected Tuesday in one of the recreation areas of the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green was not caused by a natural gas leak, according to officials with the City of Bowling Green’s Fire Department.
Members of the volunteer fire department, the city police department, and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched at 8:30 p.m. to the medium security men’s prison located on Airport Road in Bowling Green.
Once authorities arrived at the scene, they began combing the area of the prison known as “Rec Room A,” which is located near the center of the facility.
“We’ve got two personnel in there trying to find out if we have a problem,” Adam Mitalovich said in an interview with the Times during the search. Mitalovich is the chief of the city’s fire department.
He later added that the gas meters used by the personnel inside prison had not found “any traces of natural gas in the air.”
“They are saying they can smell something, but the gas meters are not reading anything,” Mitalovich said.
After searching for over an hour, officials with the Liberty Utilities confirmed at 9:51 p.m. that there was no natural gas leak. The official “all clear” was given at 10:01 p.m.
Officials now believe that the odor was caused by an oil-like substance found in the recreation facility. Maintenance workers are expected to clean the area overnight to try and remove the smell from the area.