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Homeowner hits a gas line, sparking gas leak and forcing evacuations in Ridgecrest

Posted: 1:05 PM, Dec 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-09 21:05:13Z

The Kern County Fire Department responded to reports of a gas leak in the 900 block of Oregon Avenue near South China Lake Boulevard in Ridgecrest. 

KCFD arrived on scene around 11:15 and found the gas leak. KCFD along with the Ridgecrest Police Department evacuated the entire block of houses while they waited for PG&E to respond. 

PG&E responded and stopped the flow of gas at 12:00 p.m. 

PG&E officials said the homeowner was digging and struck a 1/2-inch plastic service line, sparking the leak. 

Once the gas leak was stopped, the evacuation order were lifted and residents were allowed to return home.