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Update: Shelter-in-place order lifted following East Sacramento gas leak

Shelter-in-place orders were lifted late Wednesday afternoon and fire crews left the area of 39th and H streets in Sacramento, where a natural gas leak occurred earlier in the day.

The Sacramento Fire Department reported that the leak in East Sacramento caused officials to ask local residents, students and hospital patients and staff to stay inside.

The leak near 39th and H streets resulted in the area being cordoned off. Evacuations were announced at 12:45 p.m., but by 1:30 p.m. fire officials said there were no evacuations.

Nearby Mercy General Hospital was not evacuated, but those inside were told to “shelter in place.” Fire officials said Sacred Heart School officials decided independently to evacuate the school and police assisted in moving students.

Firefighter-paramedic Chris Harvey said there was no danger to the public. The gas was leaking from a low-pressure, 6-inch pipeline.

“Not a huge amount of gas has been released,” Harvey said. “There is no danger to any resident.”

Crews have been digging up H Street during February to place pipe under the roadway. Harvey said the site where the leak occurred had been and remains closed to traffic due to the construction project.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews