SAN JOSE -- The Valley Fair Mall was briefly evacuated Monday morning after a contractor doing demolition work struck a high-pressure gas line and caused an outdoor leak, according to a fire official.
The San Jose Fire Department responded to the mall parking lot on Forest Avenue at about 8 a.m. when an outside contractor struck a 1¿1/4-inch high pressure gas line, according to fire spokesman Capt. Cleo Doss.
Hazardous materials teams responded to assist in monitoring air quality, Doss said. While the mall was not open, there were employees inside who were evacuated.
PG&E responded and capped the leak at 9:30 a.m., ending the evacuation before mall was scheduled to open at 10 a.m.
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