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Gas leak prompts brief evacuation in St. Paul

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A gas leak in St. Paul forced some in the area to be evacuated late Monday morning.

A back hoe struck a 4-inch gas line on Fillmore Avenue under the Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul around 10 a.m., which caused two buildings on Fillmore Avenue to be evacuated for nearly two hours, the St. Paul Fire Department tweeted.

An Xcel Energy crew responded to the scene, dug to the pipe and then clamped it shut, the department tweeted.

Crews stopped the leak around 11:45 a.m. and the evacuation was canceled, the department

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The gas line was broken in an industrial area, so no residential neighborhoods were affected, KARE 11 says.

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