Gas main leak prompts evacuations in SF

January 24, 2009 6:18:38 PM PST
A gas main leak at Union and Webster streets in San Francisco was capped at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, nearly two hours after the break was reported, according to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said a third party contractor was digging in the roadway and struck a 2-inch plastic gas main just before 10 a.m.

San Francisco firefighters evacuated residents within a one-block radius as a precaution, a fire dispatcher said.

No PG&E customers lost gas service as a result of the main break, Guidi said. He added that crews were expected to complete full repairs by 1 p.m.

San Francisco police were providing traffic control.