A portion of Beekman Avenue in Sleepy Hollow was blocked off this afternoon as the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department responded to a vacant commercial and residential building.
"We got a call reporting a smell of natural gas in the building," said Sleepy Hollow Fire Chief John Korzelius at the scene. "It is actually under foreclosure."
The building—86 Beekman Ave.—is the former Hudson Deli and Convenience Inc. that the chief estimated has been shut down for at least a few months. It also has about six vacant apartments upstairs, he said.
The intersection of Beekman Avenue at Pocantico Street was partially closed for a short time while fire officials investigated the building. It reopened it about 12:20 p.m.
"We searched the building up and down and we can't find the source of the gas," said Korzelius. "So we are going to have Con Edison come in and shut off the service gas just in case. The building is condemned and it is unoccupied so we don't want to take any chances. Other than that we are good."