Gas leak forces evacuations in Brookside neighborhood - KCTV5

Gas leak forces evacuations in Brookside neighborhood

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

At least 20 families were evacuated from their homes after construction workers hit a natural gas line Wednesday night.

MGE said a third party contractor, Howe Utility Company, was working on behalf of AT&T and ruptured the 2-inch line near Pennsylvania Avenue and Meyer Boulevard.

The homes evacuated were between 64th and 65th streets on Jefferson Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The gas leak was capped, and firefighters were going into homes to make sure levels were safe for residents to return.

"The fire department was on it and immediately notified us to leave. They were very proactive about getting here and making sure everyone was safe and that they got the situation rectified fast enough," said Cathy Cusumano, who was evacuated from her home.

Officials have not yet released the name of the company digging when the break happened.

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