San Diego

Homes Evacuated Due to City Heights Gas Leak

Families were evacuated when a gas leak was reported in a residential area of City Heights on Wednesday.

Eleven homes along Menlo Avenue and 46th Street in City Heights were evacuated at about 3:12 p.m. due to the gas leak, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The cause was not known. 

The leak was traced to a nearby alley, where gas was seeping through cracks in the asphalt and into homes, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) Battalion Chief Willy Melendez said. 

A contractor working in the area reported smelling the gas around 3:30 p.m., according to the report.

San Diego Gas & Electric responded to the area and quickly located two valves related to the leak. 

SDFD reported the gas leak was under control, however, evacuations were ordered as a precaution.

Residents were allowed back into their homes at about 6:50 p.m., after crews went from house to house evaluating gas levels and deeming it safe to do so. 

Crews were still making repairs just before 7 p.m. Wednesday. It was not clear how long it would take. 

There were no reports of injuries. 

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