Evacuations lifted in Fruita after contractor cuts gas line

Approximately 40 residences were under an evacuation order several hours this morning in Fruita after a city contractor cut a gas line.

Residents in the 200 to 400 blocks of South Pine Street were ordered to evacuate around 10:30 a.m. today, before being allowed to return around noon, according to Kate Porras, a spokeswoman for the Grand Junction Police Department.

A contractor working on a road construction project at the intersection of East Carolina and Pine inadvertently hit a 4-inch gas line, prompting the evacuations.

South Pine Street between Harrison and East Carolina is expected to remain closed over the next several hours for additional repair work.


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