A gas leak in Simi Valley shut down Los Angeles Avenue for a few hours on Wednesday, authorities said.
The leak was reported about 1:20 p.m. in the 500 block of East Los Angeles Avenue, according to the Simi Valley Police Department.
According to the Southern California Gas Company, the leak occurred at the Westerly Townhouse Complex near Madera Road and East Los Angeles Avenue. A natural gas line was damaged by a third-party contractor.
Soon after, the avenue was shut down between Madera and Sinaloa roads, police said. About 100 people were evacuated from the complex as a precaution but were let back in at 3 p.m., just minutes after the company stopped gas from flowing.
The road reopened just before 3:30 p.m. and no injuries were reported.
All gas company employees were required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing while conducting company business. The utility company said business owners and residents should call 811 before digging at construction sites or in the yard.
Megan Diskin is a courts and breaking news reporter with The Star. Reach her at email@example.com or 805-437-0258.
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