SDG&E Respond to Gas Leak in Paradise Hills, Dozens Evacuated

The scene of a gas leak in Paradise Hills.

San Diego Gas and Electric capped a gas line that ruptured Monday night in Paradise Hills and triggered evacuations.

The utility responded to 5542 Potomac St., east of Rachael Avenue just before 9 p.m. and found a broken line that was blowing gas.

Witness Eleanor Luna said a car crashed into the line on the side of a home next to her apartment complex, and “Right away you could hear the hissing of the gas.”

As the sound of the hissing gas drowned out her television, the overwhelming scent filled Luna's home and those of her neighbors who caused some commotion.

“Everyone was able to safely evacuate, and that’s the most important thing," she said.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Batallion Chief Rick Ballard said up to 30 residents in the surrounding area were evacuated.

Luna said she and her neighbors were ordered to evacuate from the building by SDG&E.

The surrounding area was blocked to traffic and several witnesses could be seen watching from their porches and from beyond the caution tape.

By early Tuesday morning, the gas leak rupture was resolved. It is unclear if residents in the impacted area have been given the all-clear to return to their homes.

No other information was available.

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