Work under way to repair Orange gas leak

By Scott Schwebke

ORANGE – A damaged gas line in Orange that prompted the evacuation of residents and school students Tuesday morning was still being repaired into the evening, a utility spokeswoman said.

The Orange City Fire Department was dispatched at 9:41 a.m. for a report of a major gas leak at the intersection of South Glassell Street and La Veta Avenue, said Capt. Casey Fieldhouse.

A construction crew had damaged the line, which caused outages to about 146 SoCalGas customers, said SoCalGas spokeswoman Denise King.

As a safety precaution, Orange firefighters isolated the area and evacuated surrounding businesses, residences, and Holy Family Cathedral and its school.

There were no injuries, Fieldhouse said.

SoCal gas crews used jackhammers to break through thick concrete in two separate locations and exposed the line stopping the flow of gas at around 4 p.m., King said.

La Veta Avenue from Orange Street to Lemon Street and South Glassell Street from East Culver Avenue to East River Avenue remained closed as SoCal Gas workers finalized repairs.

Individuals who plan excavation within their yards or at commercial businesses should call 811 at least two days before digging to have a SoCal gas crew come out and mark gas lines, King said.

Repairs were ongoing as of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, but gas is expected to be restored to customers by at least Wednesday, King said.

Anyone who smells natural gas can contact SoCalGas 24 hours a day at 800-427-2200.

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