Breckenridge gas leak forces evacuations |

Breckenridge gas leak forces evacuations

Red, White & Blue firefighters and Xcel Energy personnel respond to a gas leak in Breckenridge on May 14, 2020.
Courtesy Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District

BRECKENRIDGE — Several Breckenridge residents were forced to evacuate from their homes and businesses Thursday afternoon after a break in a gas line caused a leak near South French Street.

Red, White & Blue Fire Chief Jim Keating said a contractor clipped a three-inch gas line about 20 feet south of Jefferson Avenue and French Street at about 4:20 p.m. Keating said a plume of gas could be seen over the top of buildings and wind was pushing it into nearby occupied residences and businesses.

About a block was evacuated, up to 35 structures in total, according to Keating.

Three fire engines responded to the scene, along with a crew of about 15 firefighters. Representatives from Xcel Energy managed to stop the leak at about 5 p.m., according to Keating.

While the leak has stopped, Keating noted that firefighters still would need to check buildings for gas before evacuees are allowed to return inside.

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