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East L.A. housing project evacuated after gas line severed

August 9, 2011 | 11:26 am

Map shows approximate location of incident in black. Click through for more information in The Times' Mapping L.A. project.

More than 100 residents of an East Los Angeles housing project were evacuated Tuesday after a construction crew installing sprinklers severed a 3-inch gas line on the property, officials said.

Residents were evacuated about 9:30 a.m. from the Maravilla Housing Project in 4900 block of Cesar Chavez Avenue, said Inspector Don Kunitomi, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. No one was hurt.

About 45 of the 117 people evacuated sought temporary shelter at the project’s community center, Kunitomi said. It was unclear how long it would take to repair the line and when residents would be allowed to return home.

Several blocks around the complex were closed, including parts of Cesar Chavez and Mednik avenues.


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Map: Shows approximate location of incident in black. Credit: Mapping L.A.