Ruptured gas line mended, people allowed to leave Truckee hospital, sheriff’s substation |

Ruptured gas line mended, people allowed to leave Truckee hospital, sheriff’s substation

Greyson Howard/Sierra SunTruckee Fire Protection District firefighters work to find and stop a natural gas leak Monday that kept occupants of Tahoe Forest Hospital and the Nevada County Sheriff's substation indoors for about an hour.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

TRUCKEE and#8212; A ruptured gas line kept people inside Tahoe Forest Hospital and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office substation for about an hour Monday afternoon.

The call came over the scanner at about 1:45 p.m. that a gas line was ruptured by construction work on Levon Avenue alongside the hospital. People inside the hospital and sheriff’s substation were asked to stay inside, and#8220;sheltering in place,and#8221; said Truckee Police Capt. Harwood Mitchell.

and#8220;This kind of thing happens but we need to make sure nobody comes through; we’re trying to prevent ignition,and#8221; Mitchell said.

Construction crews broke the 1-inch, 60-psi natural gas line digging down into the pavement, closing down the area around Levon Avenue, said Truckee Fire Battalion Chief Gary Botto.

Southwest Gas and firefighters squeezed the line, which feeds the Truckee Library, shut at about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday to stop the leak, Botto said.

He estimated the line would be repaired and gas restored to the library later Monday afternoon.

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