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UPDATED: BAY FARM RESIDENTS GET EVACUATED, SHELTERED IN PLACE FOLLOWING GAS LEAK

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Updated at 8:19 p.m. Tuesday, September 28

A dozen Bay Farm Island residents were evacuated from their homes Tuesday afternoon and dozens of others received “shelter in place” warnings after work crews severed a gas line at the corner of Sea View Parkway and Aughinbaugh Way.

The Alameda Fire Department and crews with Pacific Gas & Electric were working to cap the leak Tuesday evening, and a PG&E spokesperson said she expected they’d be through early this evening. The leak was capped at 6:17 p.m., Chan said.

PG&E spokeswoman Fiona Chan said the company received a call at 2:30 p.m. today that work crews had broken a four-inch distribution line on Bay Farm Island. The Alameda Fire Department evacuated a dozen homes and Bay Farm Elementary School as a precaution while PG&E crews worked to cap the leak, city officials said. Gas was not shut off and Chan said she wasn’t aware of any injuries being reported.

She said PG&E crews ere going door to door in the neighborhood to make sure there weren’t any gas leaks inside homes near the gas line break.

Residents living in an area bounded by Sheffield Road, Sea View Parkway, and Koffman Parkway received automated “shelter in place” calls from the city, city officials said. Several residents told The Island they received the calls between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The aroma of gas hung thick in the air as a reporter drove onto Bay Farm Island from the main Island, and puffs of gas and a hissing sound could be seen and heard emanating from the location of the leak at around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Roger McClure, whose home is diagonal from the leak site, said he was outside his home at around 2 p.m. when the break happened. He said he sent the construction crew working on his house home for the day, but he wasn’t evacuated from his house. A police car was blocking the street where the leak occurred as McClure talked with a reporter.

Another neighbor said crews, reportedly with AT&T, had been working in the area for several days.

Efforts to cap the leak were still underway shortly before 6 p.m., as Bay Farm residents drove home and others bicycled past.

The break comes on the heels of a September 9 blast in San Bruno that killed eight people and leveled a neighborhood.

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