ORINDA -- A natural gas line break in downtown Orinda, believed to be caused by a worker on a street-paving project, forced the evacuation of 14 homes for about 90 minutes late Wednesday night.
Firefighters responded to an initial report of a break in a 6-inch natural gas line on Moraga Way between Camino Pablo and Brookwood Road about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to Moraga-Orinda Fire District Marshal Mike Mentink. Shortly after, fire, police and PG&E crews arrived and secured the area.
The evacuation was lifted after crews discovered the leak was from a 2-inch pipe and not as severe as initially reported, Mentink said.
No injuries or property damage were reported. PG&E controlled the leak at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, and the last customers had gas service restored by 8:20 a.m. Thursday, PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.
Moraga Way was closed between Camino Pablo and Brookwood until 7 a.m. Thursday, affecting about 17 businesses, Mentink said.
The city is currently repaving the road in the area of the gas leak, said PG&E spokeswoman Cindy Pollard.
"Thankfully the situation was not worse," Orinda City Manager Janet Keeter said in a statement, "and that it occurred during the night with most businesses closed and minimal impact to Orinda residents."