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Central Fresno Neighborhood Disrupted by Gas Leak


By: Ashley Ritchie

The alarming sound of a gas leak was the last thing Mary Bogle expected to come outside to late Wednesday morning.

"This is the first that I'm smelling it," Bogle said.

Bogle was one of dozens of people living in the Central Fresno neighborhood who got an alarming visit from city firefighters.

"They actually came and knocked on the door and wanted to know where our gas line was. So they came into the back yard and made sure it was running the opposite way from the leak," she said.

That's because just minutes earlier, a gas line was struck as a PG&E crew worked in the area.

"It appears to be a two–inch line that's leaking gas right now," Deputy Chief Mike Despain, with the Fresno Fire Department, said.

"It's scary, especially after all the news of up north in the San Bruno area," Bogle said.

Fire fighters and police shut down the area near Indianapolis and Fruit, and recommended the evacuation of about 40 homes.

"We sure don't want to see something blow up. I asked them that and they said, no I think it's under control," Bogle said.

The gas leak was sealed off around 1 pm Wednesday.

All of those homeowners who were evacuated from their homes have been allowed back inside.

PG&E says they are still investigating what exactly happened and how the gas line was hit.

No one was hurt in the gas leak.

But an elderly couple did leave their home because of breathing problems.

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