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Gas leak triggers evacuations, road closure in Vail Ranch area of Temecula


Last updated 9/1/2018 at 9:46am


CalFire reported that Firefighters will remain on scene for two to three more hours while So Cal Gas makes repairs to the ruptured line.

TEMECULA - A gas line rupture prompted the evacuation today of multiple properties in Temecula as a safety precaution.

The line was punctured shortly after 9 a.m. in the area of El Chimisal Road and Redhawk Parkway. A construction crew was working at the location and struck the underground pipe with equipment, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Two engine crews were sent to the site, and a battalion chief determined that 40 homes in the immediate vicinity of the line needed to be evacuated for public safety.

Sheriff's deputies were summoned to carry out the evacuation. Officials said that out of the 40 residences, only a few were occupied at the time, and eight people were temporarily displaced.

Nearby Pauba Valley Elementary School was not impacted.

Southern California Gas Co. technicians began making repairs by 10 a.m., and Redhawk was closed between Nighthawk Pass and Peppercorn Drive for the duration of the repair job, which was expected to be completed by 1 p.m., according to the fire department.

At 1 p.m., CalFire said crews would remain on scene for two to three more hours while SoCal Gas makes repairs to the line.


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