Xcel crew punctures CenterPoint gas line in Plymouth

75 people were evacuated from adjacent offices Thursday morning after a utility worker with Xcel Energy struck the CenterPoint Energy gas main, causing a leak.
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75 people were evacuated from adjacent offices Thursday morning after a utility worker with Xcel Energy struck the CenterPoint Energy gas main, causing a leak.

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