Gas smell scare shuts Roanoke Avenue in downtown Riverhead

Riverhead firefighters briefly closed Roanoke Avenue Tuesday morning after getting reports of an “odor of gas” in a downtown building, officials said.

The smell was detected on the third floor of a Roanoke Avenue building near East Main Street about 9:15 a.m., and fire crews closed Roanoke Avenue in both directions between East Main Street while fire chiefs, a fire marshal and town sewer district employees inspected the building.

The cause of the smell is unknown, said 1st Assistant Chief Joseph Raynor.

There were no positive readings for dangerous gasses in the building, Mr. Raynor added.

By about 10 a.m., the roads were reopened to traffic.

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