Gas leak capped in Outer Sunset

October 31, 2008 10:56:40 PM PDT
A gas leak that caused an evacuation of a block in San Francisco's Sunset District tonight was fixed by about 8:40 p.m., a spokesman for the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said.

According to fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge, work was being done with backhoes at 3915 Lincoln Way around 6:10 p.m. when a PG&E line was struck. PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said the backhoe caused a 4-inch gash in the line.

Talmadge said fire crews evacuated the 3900 block of Lincoln Way as a precaution. Shuttles were sent to the scene to provide shelter for residents who had been evacuated, Muni Deputy of Director of External Affairs Murray Bond said.

According to Guidi, a service representative arrived at the scene around 6:25 p.m. and the leak was stopped around 8:40 p.m. He said six PG&E customers' gas service was affected and would remain so until repairs could be made at the scene.

Around 9 p.m., all residents had been allowed to return to their homes but the eastbound lane of Lincoln Way between 39 and 40th Avenue was to remain closed until further notice, Bond said.

Guidi said there were no reported injuries during the leak.


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