VISTA, Calif. -- A natural gas leak caused by a construction mishap this morning prompted the evacuations of five nearby businesses and a mobile home park in Vista, authorities said.
#breaking a 4 inch high pressure natural gas line has been ruptured at S. Santa Fe and Pala Vista. Residents of nearby mobile home park as well as a half dozen or so biz evacuated. @SDGE and Vista fire on scene working to ensure safety and turn off the gas. @fox5sandiego pic.twitter.com/zLC5Rm7r5H
— Paul makarushka (@heyguyfox5) March 19, 2019
The rupture was reported shortly after 8 a.m. when a construction contractor struck the 4-inch gas line near the intersection of Pala Vista Drive and Mercantile Street, Vista Fire Department Deputy Chief Ned Vander Pol said.
Five nearby businesses and a mobile home park adjacent to the intersection were evacuated as a precaution as crews worked to cap the leak, Vander Pol said.
As of 10:15 a.m., crews were still working to cap the gas leak, San Diego Gas & Electric spokesman Joe Britton said.
No ill health effects were immediately reported.
Authorities shut down Pala Vista Drive at South Santa Fe Avenue and a stretch of Mercantile Street about 300 feet west of Pala Vista Drive, Vander Pol said.
The roads were expected to remain closed until at least 11:15 a.m., he said.