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Gas Line Break Forces Homes in El Cajon to Evacuate

A ruptured gas line beneath an El Cajon home forced neighbors to evacuate Thursday as officers closed down a nearby street. 

The broken gas line went unnoticed by the residents inside the home on Mollison Avenue near Greenfield Drive until the Heartland Fire & Rescue Department was called at about 10:50 a.m. 

Gas was still flowing from the pipe nearly two hours after the three-quarter inch gas line was struck by a third party contractor, San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson Allison Torres said. 

HFD said the ruptured line was hard to access because it was under a valve. 

At least two homes were evacuated and one gas outage was reported. 

The area outside the home was blocked off to traffic and crews were asking motorists to avoid the area for the next two hours, HFD said.

No other information was available.

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