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GAS LEAK FORCES EVACUATION OF APARTMENT COMPLEX

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About 144 units at the Spring Meadows Apartment complex, 4115 S. 430 East, were evacuated Tuesday morning because of a natural gas leak.

A residentsmelled natural gas around 9 a.m. and called Mountain Fuel, said spokesman Darren Shepherd.A cracked plastic pipe was the source of the leak, Shepherd said. The fuel company clamped the pipe and stopped the flow of gas. The leak was later repaired.

A rock punctured the pipe, Salt Lake County Fire Capt. Frank Dalton said, although Mountain Fuel was unsure what caused the pipe to crack.

Natural gas saturated the ground and filled two buildings in the complex, Shepherd said, but 12 buildings were evacuated.

Tenants were forced to leave their animals behind, one of them said.

All residents were permitted back in their apartments by about 5 p.m.

Shepherd said natural gas leaks of this kind are very rare and usually happen when someone hits a gas line.

Clean-up efforts included bringing in a truck to vacuum the fuel out of the ground. The rest of the gas was allowed to dissipate, Shepherd said.