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Gas leak causes evacuation in Irvine [updated]

May 02, 2012

A gas leak in Irvine closed roads and evacuated a high school and a nearby apartment complex after a construction worker struck a gas line with a backhoe Wednesday, authorities said.

The incident was reported to the Orange County Fire Authority about 11:36 a.m. near Yale Avenue and Portola Parkway, said OCFA Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion.

As a precaution, Northwood High School, the Timberwood apartment complex and the area near Portola and Culver Drive were evacuated and closed off, Concepcion said.

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No one was injured in the incident, and residents who had been evacuated from the area were permitted back in their homes about 5:20 p.m. Thursday.

The line that was struck was an 8-inch medium pressure main, Concepcion said.

— Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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