CA Gas Leak Forces Evac

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 12:11 PM gHale


A construction crew capped a gas leak prompting evacuations in San Jose, CA, Monday, fire officials said.

The leak happened in the area of Park Avenue and Race Street around 10:45 a.m., said Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow. The leak involved a 6-inch gas line.

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PG&E crews went to the scene and capped the gas line around 3:55 p.m., Matlow said.

The leak ended up caused by a third-party contractor and crews worked safely and quickly to shut off the gas, said PG&E spokeswoman Mayra Tostado.

The gas went into the underground sewer system and crews worked to ventilate it.

It has been declared as a hazardous materials incident and people are evacuating from multiple blocks in the area.

Crews went door-to-door with gas detectors before reopening them.

One person was taken to the hospital during the incident, but it was not related to the gas leak.

About 40 customers will be without gas services until it is repaired which will take several hours.



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