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Punctured gas line near UC Riverside prompts evacuation

By in Press Enterprise on January 12, 2018

By Gail Wesson

A punctured gas line prompted the evacuation of an apartment building on the north edge of the UC Riverside campus Thursday afternoon.

The rupture occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at 950 W. Linden St. near Canyon Crest Drive, according to the Riverside city Fire Department.

Officials said a 2-inch natural gas line was breached by a construction crew, and the two-story Oban apartment complex was evacuated as a precaution.

Firefighters shut off the gas without incident, and summoned Southern California Gas Co. crews to make repairs.

UCR officials said Oban residents were being allowed to return as of about 4 p.m.

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