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Gas leak shuts down streets near Grand America Hotel

A fire burning in Sanpete County has placed more than 20 structures under pre-evacuation notice and closed an area of Manti-La Sal National Forest.
An underground gas leak at the Grand America Hotel Friday morning briefly forced evacuations of its first two floors.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A tiny rupture in a gas line near the Grand America Hotel shut down nearby streets for several hours Thursday as crews investigated and made repairs.

Evacuations of the hotel's first two floors were ordered and almost immediately called off, said Audra Sorensen, spokeswoman for the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

No one reported being sickened by the leak, which was contained to the ground on the south side of the hotel and was "perhaps smaller than a paper-hole punch," according to a statement from Salt Lake City fire.

Sorensen said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the apparent break in the line. Teams closed Main Street between 500 and 700 South and paused TRAX service in the area from about 9 a.m. Monday until noon.

— Annie Knox