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Central Mountain gas leak fix begins

Eighteen central Mountain homes were without natural gas service late Monday afternoon while Union Gas repaired a leak.

The repair followed a line break around 9:30 a.m. which resulted in students from Hill Park high school and Linden Park elementary school being sent home early.

The leak was found at 64 Callie Rd., near East 16th. To fix the pipe, service had to be shut off to 18 customers around 4 p.m. so the area around the break could be excavated, said a Union Gas spokesperson.

Repairs should be finished in early evening, said Andrea Stass.

Once the break is fixed, Union Gas representatives with proper identification will go door to door to enter any affected homes or businesses and safely relight their gas appliances, she said.

After the leak was discovered, Hill Park and Linden Park declared a shelter-in-place situation and all students were kept inside, said a public school board spokesperson.

Because of the smell of gas, it was deemed Linden Park students should evacuate and HSR buses were brought in as warming stations, said Rob Faulkner. A decision was then made to send the students to Franklin Road elementary school. They were dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

Hill Park students were sent home around the same time because electricity had to be cut at the school while repairs to the broken gas line were being made.

The cause of the break has not been determined, said Stass.

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