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1 person injured, homes evacuated after gas leak in northeast Albuquerque

June 5 – The New Mexico Gas Co. is working to restore service to residents in an area of ​​northeast Albuquerque after a gas leak occurred that ignited and injured a gas company employee before it could be brought under control.

New Mexico Gas Co. spokesman Tim Korte said 32 customers on Alvarado and Constitution have been without service since 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. He said “it will be well into the evening, probably after midnight” before their service is restored.

Korte said Alvarado and Constitution will be closed until repairs are completed. He said residents can take a detour to Aspen.

At around 12:50 p.m., Albuquerque Fire Department was dispatched to Constitution and Alvarado for a report of a natural gas leak. When they arrived, they learned that someone had hit a gas line while digging in the streets.

AFR said while it was securing the leak, the gas ignited, endangering nearby equipment, vehicles and homes. New Mexico Gas said it had to shut off a line in two other locations to stop the leak, which AFR helped do.

Firefighters said they brought the fire under control in about 90 minutes and prevented nearby homes and vehicles from catching fire. Korte said six homes were evacuated. People have since returned.

Korte said a gas company employee suffered minor burns and was taken for a checkup. He said the cause is still under investigation.