KC gas leak forcing evacuations caused by Google Fiber work

KC gas leak forcing evacuations caused by Google Fiber work

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by AP

KMOV.com

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 4 at 10:20 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A natural gas leak that a forced evacuation in Kansas City was caused by a subcontractor installing conduit for fiber-optic lines for Google Fiber.

Fire officials said residents in homes and apartments in the area  were evacuated Saturday afternoon and allowed back in their homes Saturday evening. No injuries were reported.

Google Fiber, which is building its fiber optic network in the area, said in a statement Sunday that the subcontractor damaged a gas line. The statement says the problem was identified quickly and the gas line was closed and capped.

Google Fiber also apologized for “any inconvenience and worry this may have caused.”

The area is southeast of where an apparent gas line rupture caused an explosion that destroyed a restaurant, killed one person and injured several others last month.

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