Gas leak capped in San Jose, most evacuations lifted

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SAN JOSE (KRON)—A construction crew has capped a gas leak prompting evacuations in San Jose Monday morning, according to the fire department.

The leak happened in the area of Park Avenue and Race Street around 10:45 a.m, said Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow. The leak involved a 6-inch gas line.

PG&E crews are at the scene and are trying to shut off the gas line, Matlow said.

Crews were able to cap the gas line around 3:55 p.m.

The leak was caused by a third-party contractor and crews are “working as safely and quickly as possible to shut off the gas,” according to PG&E spokeswoman Mayra Tostado

The gas went into the underground sewer system and crews are working to ventilate it.

It has been declared as a hazardous materials incident and people are evacuating from multiple blocks in the area.

All businesses nearby have reopened around 4 p.m. except for ones on the intersection of Park Avenue and Race Street.

Crews went door-to-door with gas detectors before reopening them.

One person was taken to the hospital during the incident, but it was not related to the gas leak.

About 40 customers will be without gas services until it is repaired which will take several hours.

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