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Gas leak closes section of 21st Street in Curtis Park

Residents in an area of Curtis Park have been evacuated due to a natural gas leak caused by digging activity.

The evacuation was announced shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey said a 6-inch line was damaged at 21st Street and Second Avenue. He said 21st Street is closed in both directions and homes on both sides of the street have been evacuated between Second Avenue and Castro Way.

Harvey said Pacific Gas and Electric Co. crews were on the scene, shutting off the gas. The street closure is expected to last about two hours, he said, and motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy