ST. PAUL, Minn. - Residents have been allowed back in their homes after being evacuated Wednesday morning in the wake of a broken gas line.
The St. Paul Fire department first tweeted about the incident around 10:30 a.m. Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Arlington and Farrington after a city construction crew digging in the area accidently struck and severed a natural gas supply line.
First responders set up a perimeter, blocked off a section of Arlington Avenue and evacuated 28 neighborhood residents before calling in crews from Xcel Energy in to shut off the gas and make repairs to the broken line.
In the meantime police evacuated a number of residents from nearby homes. Fire officials say air samples from those homes show no sign of the presence of natural gas.
A spokesperson for Xcel Energy says crews were able to close off the line around 11:30 a.m., and are working on repairing the break.
No word on how long those repairs will take.
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