Road reopened and residents allowed to return after gas line break

Update @ 6:10 PM Here's the latest information from authorities on the gas line break in Fruita.

FRUITA, Colo. -- All roads have been reopened on South Pine Street.

Update @ 1:45 PM

FRUITA, Colo. -- Residents are being allowed back into their homes, following a gas line break that occurred this morning near S. Pine Street and E. Carolina Avenue. Xcel Energy crews have secured the gas line, and Lower Valley Fire District crews have determined it is safe for people to be in the area.

Shortly after 10 am, a contractor working on S. Pine Street hit a 4 inch gas line, causing the rupture. Lower Valley Fire District crews responded, and after finding elevated amounts of gas in the sewer lines they evacuated the 200, 300, and 400 blocks of S. Pine Street as a precaution. Approximately 40 residences were in the evacuated area.
Fire crews ventilated the gas from the sewer lines while Xcel Energy secured the gas line and stopped the leak, creating safe conditions for residents to return home shortly after noon. The total evacuation time was approximately an hour and a half.

S. Pine Street between E. Carolina Avenue and Harrison Avenue will remain closed for several more hours while Xcel Energy completes the repairs on the gas line.

Update @ 12:30 PM

FRUITA, Colo (KKCO) - Lower Valey Fire Chief Frank Cavaliere reported just before 12:30 p.m. Monday Xcel Energy had cleared the Fruita neighborhood where a Natural Gas line was reportedly hit by a construction crew.

All residents were expected to be able to return to their homes within the next 15-30 minutes.

Cavalier said there was no longer a threat or concern for safety in the area.

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) - Authorities on scene aren't releasing much information, but they have confirmed a natural gas line has been hit in Fruita prompting evacuations.

Lower Valley Fire Chief Frank Cavaliere tells KKCO 11 News a company was working in the area when they hit a four-inch natural gas line. The break caused the evacuation of the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Pine Street in Fruita. Evacuations are expected to last until 5 p.m. today.

Both gas and electricity in those blocks and on some neighboring streets have been shut off. Crews from Xcel Energy are also on scene working to repair the damage.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area due to traffic congestion.

We will get you additional information as soon as it becomes available.

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