Gas leak prompts overnight evacuation in Orinda

September 23, 2010 1:43:53 PM PDT
A ruptured PG&E natural gas pipeline caused a precautionary evacuation of homes in Orinda overnight, according to the Moraga-Orinda Fire District.

Crews responded to a report of a 6-inch gas line rupture in downtown Orinda at about 11:20 p.m., fire officials said.

Fourteen homes were evacuated while fire and utility crews secured the area.

The evacuation was lifted after about an hour and a half when it was determined that the gas leak was from a 2-inch pipe and did not pose a danger to residents, fire officials said.

A portion of Moraga Way between Camino Pablo and Brookwood Road remained closed as of 5:30 a.m., affecting 17 businesses, officials said.

No injuries were reported.

Work to complete final repairs to the gas line was continuing this morning.


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