Upper Arlington's government headquarters were evacuated briefly this morning after employees there reported a smell of natural gas.

Upper Arlington's government headquarters were evacuated briefly this morning after employees there reported a smell of natural gas.

Workers and visitors at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center at 3600 Tremont Road were forced to leave the building this morning, Dec. 4, after some inside reported smelling natural gas.

According to Fire Chief Jeff Young, workers at the MSC reported the smell of natural gas at 9:24 a.m., and fire crews were on the scene within three minutes.

The building was evacuated just before 9:30, and fire personnel turned off the gas.

The MSC was reopened to workers and the public by 10:17 a.m., Young said, although gas remained shut off. He said heat and hot water wouldn't be available inside the building until crews from Columbia Gas and building-maintenance staff could determine the cause for the odor.

Upper Arlington Community Affairs Director Emma Speight said the evacuation lasted for roughly 10 minutes until gas was shut off to the building.

"There was a smell of gas," Speight said. "They evacuated the building and gas was shut off. The building is back open and it's open for business. It all unfolded pretty quickly."

No one was injured during the incident and Speight said there was no damage to the MSC.

Look for more information regarding the MSC evacuation in the Dec. 10 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.