Some Turlock residents were evacuated from their homes while others were told to shelter in place by the Turlock Fire Department as they investigated a gas leak.
The gas leak was from a rupture in a natural gas pipeline in the area of Bluefield and Bennington avenues, said Turlock Fire Chief Robert Talloni. It was reported around 5 p.m. Thursday. The actual leak was reported in the 700 block of Bluefield Avenue, according to the fire department.
Residents from the 645 to 785 block of Bennington Avenue were ordered by the fire department to evacuate their homes. Talloni said residences from approximately 10 homes were given temporary shelter at Dennis Earl Elementary School.
A short time after issuing the evacuation order, the fire department issued a shelter in place advisory for the residents living in the 580 to 780 blocks of Bennington Avenue and the 635 to 785 block of Fullerton Drive. Residents were told to stay in their homes and keep the doors and windows closed.
Pacific Gas and Electric secured the rupture around 6:30 p.m. and the fire department was metering the area. Talloni said the estimated time of repair would be about three hours. The roads coming in and out of the area were closed off to traffic.
The cause of the rupture has not been determined at this time.
There were no reports of injuries in the area.