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Gas Leak in Pasco in Myrtle Avenue Area, Nearby Homes Evacuating

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Emergency responders say they asked 17 people to temporarily leave 7 homes about 1:00 just after a gas leak in East Pasco. Emergency responders say they asked 17 people to temporarily leave 7 homes about 1:00 just after a gas leak in East Pasco.
Crews demolishing a house on the 800 block of Myrtle Avenue just off A St. hit a natural gas line while digging up the foundation. Crews demolishing a house on the 800 block of Myrtle Avenue just off A St. hit a natural gas line while digging up the foundation.

PASCO, WA - Emergency responders say they asked 17 people to temporarily leave 7 homes about 1:00 just after a gas leak in East Pasco.

Crews demolishing a house on the 800 block of Myrtle Avenue just off A St. hit a natural gas line while digging up the foundation. Police and firefighters also blocked off streets in a block and a half radius.

I went out to see and all I could hear was the gas line going just shhhh and pretty soon next thing I know we were being evacuated," said nearby resident Elaine Keister.

Cascade Natural Gas workers capped the broken line about 2:30.

"Cascade Natural Gas brought in a hydraulic ram that crimps the steel line off, that's a temporary fix," said Batt. Chief Don Donais, Pasco Fire Department.

No one was hurt.

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PASCO, WA. - NBC Right Now is hearing reports that Cascade Natural Gas capped the leak a little before 2:30 on Wednesday. Investigators say crews hit a gas line while they were demolishing a house.

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PASCO, WA. - We have a reporter heading to the scene of a gas leak in the area of Myrtle Avenue between A and B Street in Pasco.

Crews are evacuating people from nearby homes.

We'll bring you more information as soon as we get it.

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