Gas leak prompts evacuations in southeast San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Police helped residents evacuate homes in a southeast San Diego neighborhood Thursday morning after a gas main break.

The leak started just before 9 a.m., near 38th and Teak streets in Mountain View, San Diego Fire-Rescue said. A third-party contractor accidentally cut through a two-inch steel gas main. Firefighters were investigating whether gas was leaking into sewers.

Police were called to help with evacuations, but officials did not immediately say how many homes were affected. San Diego Gas & Electric's emergency response team arrived a short time later to try to stop the leak.

“Typically on a sunny day, gas is going to dissipate a lot quicker. On a day like today, there’s more of an opportunity for the gas to stay present and to pool in pockets," said Battalion Chief Mike Liversedge with San Diego Fire-Rescue.

Authorities closed off a six square-block area and evacuated four homes affecting eight residents. People in several other homes were told to shelter in place.

38th Street was closed from Ocean View Boulevard to Teak Street. Authorities also shut down a bus stop near the intersection of Ocean View and 38th.

Crews managed to stop the leak around 11 a.m. All seven homes temporarily left without natural- gas service due to the accident were back online as of early afternoon, SDG&E said.

No ill health effects were reported among those potentially exposed to the airborne gas.

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