Construction mishap leds to gas line break in Normal Heights

Gas line break at Chula Vista business leads to brief street closure

A construction mishap caused a broken natural gas pipe line in Normal Heights on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Fire crews responded to a construction site at 37th Street and Monroe Avenue shortly before 8:40 a.m., San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said.

The fire agency said the break in the gas line led to evacuations, but was unable to say how many people were cleared out. San Diego police said the break did not affect nearby Normal Heights Elementary School.

San Diego Gas & Electric spokeswoman Denice Menard said a 1.5-inch steel main pipe was damaged by a crew not associated with the utility.

The blowing gas was under control at 9:56 a.m., and crews will work to make repairs to the pipe, she said. A little more than 60 customers were affected, she said, and the aim is to have service restored sometime Wednesday afternoon.

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