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Area in Blende evacuated

Published On: Mar 12 2014 01:28:36 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 12 2014 01:35:53 PM CDT
Pueblo, CO -

From the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office:

Pueblo Rural Fire Department and Pueblo County Sheriff's Office has evacuated an area around the intersection of Santa Fe Dr and Eagle due to a gas leak.  Construction crews have been working on the roads in the area for the past several days and reported to 911 that they hit a gas line at approximately 10:00 AM this morning during digging operations.

Once firefighters arrived, they immediately asked for a ¼ mile evacuation of the area.  The evacuation includes several businesses including Mission Foods.  

Deputies and Colorado State Patrol Troopers have blocked Santa Fe, eastbound at Aspen and westbound at 20th Lane as a precaution.

No injuries have been reported but American Medical Response is on standby until the gas company can seal the leak.

"Crews are in place and are accessing the situation. They will take care of whatever needs to be fixed as soon as possible" says Kathy Worthington, Public Information Officer for Xcel Energy.

Citizens are asked to avoid the area while crews work to resolve the situation.

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