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Nov 13, 2012 11:54 AM

East side homes evacuated after gas line struck

TUCSON - A gas leak this morning on Tucson's east side occurred while crews were replacing a customer-owned line, and caused the temporary evacuation of about six homes.

While Arizona Pipeline Company crews were replacing a line running through a yard in the 5700 block of E. Eastland St., near 22nd and Craycroft, they hit a stub on the main gas line at about 8:30 a.m., according to Southwest Gas spokesperson Libby Howell. The line was squeezed off and shut down at about 9:20 a.m. About six homes were evacuated and the street was closed as a precaution.

The area is now safe, but the affected homes will be without gas for about two hours while crews work to repair the line and restore service, Howell said.

Pictured: A Google Maps Street View image of the approximate location of the struck gas line.

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