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UPDATE: Gas main rupture forces evacuations in Valencia

Posted: December 11, 2012 11:08 a.m.
Updated: December 11, 2012 5:14 p.m.

A punctured gas main in Valencia prompted the evacuation of three homes near West Hills Drive on Tuesday morning, a local fire captain said.

About 10:10 a.m., firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were called to the area after receiving reports a construction worker had accidently severed a gas main, said Capt. Paul Hartwell of Fire Station 156.

No one was hurt and there was no fire, he said.

“The construction worker was drilling and hit a 4-inch natural gas main,” Hartwell said.

“Our biggest concern was the West Creek Academy, so we notified them right away.”

The rupture had no impact on the nearby school and it was not evacuated, he said.

“The gas company maintenance guys came out and placed a 4-inch clamp and had it fixed within an hour and a half,” Hartwell said.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies assisted in the evacuation, said Sgt. Rich Nagler.

Fire Department spokesman Stephanie English said the three homes were evacuated as a safety precaution.



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