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Gas pipeline ruptures, entire Foster City block evacuated
May 22, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

Jen Berg
The site of a gas line that ruptured at Metro Center Shopping Center in Foster City Wednesday.

A construction crew renovating a landscaped area at Metro Center Shopping Center in Foster City hit a natural gas line while working Wednesday, causing an entire commercial and residential block to be evacuated.

The Foster City Fire Department arrived on scene around 1:30 p.m. at the 900 block of East Hillsdale Boulevard, where they immediately began evacuations, said Battalion Chief Gary Hegwer.

“There was a construction crew on scene with a backhoe and they struck a 2-inch-diameter plastic natural gas line. They ruptured that big guy,” Hegwer said.

Foster City police and Pacific Gas and Electric arrived on site shortly after to help secure the scene, Hegwer said.

The entire block cornered between East Hillsdale, Edgewater, Shell and Metro Center boulevards had to be evacuated and the roads were closed off, Hegwer said. The site included a Safeway, CVS/pharmacy and two mid-rise residential buildings, Hegwer said.

Those who were evacuated from Safeway and CVS were given shelter at the Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park while others were set up at another shelter at 950 Tower Lane, Hegwer said.

PG&E was able to stop the leak and has since initiated repairs. The streets reopened and the Fire Department departed around 4:30 p.m., Hegwer said.



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