WHITING | Residents and officials spent Thursday night trying to get to the bottom of a strange smell in the air.
Tom Stevens, a spokesman for NIPSCO, said crews have responded to several Whiting homes because of concerns of a natural gas leak. As of Thursday night, crews had not found evidence of a gas leak.
He said crew members working in Whiting reported that the odor was more of a petroleum smell rather than that of a natural gas leak.
"If there is a natural gas leak that is found, we'll have our crews repair it as quickly as possible," Stevens said. "We have not had a confirmed natural gas leak from inside a home at this time."
He said crews were testing homes in the area of the 1900 block of New York Avenue just before 11 p.m.
Residents in the 1400 block of Fischrupp Avenue also reported a strange smell Thursday night.
The Whiting Fire Department said NIPSCO crews were trying to work on the problem. The department said residents did not have to evacuate their homes because of the smell.