The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to at least two reports of gas odors Saturday.
In the early afternoon, the department received a report of an odor at the Valley House apartments in Collinsville. The building was evacuated and a portion of Main Street closed, causing a little excitement downtown. After using gas meters to monitor the building, firefighters determined the odor likely came from a leaking canister in a small propane grill at one apartment, according to emergency radio reports.
Earlier in the day, firefighters also responded to 50 Albany Turnpike (Route 44). An investigation there discovered a potential furnace problem in one of the businesses and officials called Connecticut Natural Gas to the scene.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., a large backup resulted on Route 44, when the signals at the intersection with Secret Lake Road were not cycling properly and stayed red.
Officials said some equipment being used by firefighters potentially caused it, even though the range is usually more limited.