Evacuations From Gas Leak Lifted in Fruita

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Businesses on South Mesa Avenue in Fruita are back open after a gas main break forced several evacuations.

"It's pretty crazy, I looked around and saw all the lights and thought what in the world?" Nichole Sprowso told 11 News on Tuesday when she tried to go to the bank.

People headed to South Mesa Avenue to go to run errands were shocked to find the street blocked off from Mccune to Park Square.

The Lower Valley Fire District says city crews ruptured a six–inch gas line with a backhoe sending several gallons of highly flammable gas into the air.

Fire officials say these calls are becoming more common because of growth.

"There's a lot of construction this tends to happen more if it was a static economy with nothing going on, we tend to not have as much digging," Fire Chief Frank Cavaliere told 11 News on Tuesday.

Excel crews fixed the line and firefighters lifted the evacuation order after about two hours.

The City of Fruita says South Mesa Avenue should be back open for rush hour Tuesday evening.

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