It was a short work day for nearly 300 workers at Irwin Seating in Walker.

Workers clearing snow on the roof of the building on Fruitridge accidently severed a natural gas line.  Beverly works at Irwin Seating and says the company brought in school busses so employees would not have to stand outside in the cold.

"Our bosses said we could go on errands if we wanted to, but to check back with the company. My co-worker and I left and just back back from Wal-Mart."

Kent County Sheriff's Department says Irwin employees followed an evacuation plan  as practiced, although some initially thought it was a drill.

"You know, at first we thought it could be a drill. We thought, a January...then we found out it was real and we got out."