North Laurel/savage

February 04, 1993

Gas leak, fire force evacuation of townhouses

About 12 people were evacuated in North Laurel yesterday morning after a one-inch gas line was broken between two townhouses, causing a gas leak and a small fire, said a spokesman for the county fire and rescue services.

No injuries were reported.

About 9:49 a.m. yesterday, a worker using a trenching machine to lay an electrical line accidentally struck the gas line, causing a leak in the 8900 block of Pembrook Woods, said Battalion Chief Donald R. Howell. The accident also ignited a small fire at the break.

Two to three families and several construction workers were evacuated and taken to a nearby open building for refuge until the gas line was cut off at 10:41 a.m., Mr. Howell said.

The small fire was contained to the gas line, which received the only damages, he said.

Six units and 22 fire personnel responded to the scene, Mr. Howell said. Because the leak was away from the road, traffic was not disrupted, he said.

POLICE LOG

* Jessup: 10100 block of Guilford Road: Someone broke the rear passenger window of a Dodge Caravan between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.

* North Laurel: 9400 block of Glen Ridge Drive: Someone stole two headlight covers valued at $45 from a 1992 Chevrolet truck between 10 p.m. Sunday and 8:45 a.m. Monday.

9200 block of Redbridge Court: Someone entered an unlocked 1980 Datsun and stole $3 in change and a $10 fluorescent flashlight about 6 a.m. Friday.

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