RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — Multiple homes had to be evacuated because of a gas leak in Rancho Cordova, Metro Fire reported.

Between 12 and 15 homes were evacuated along Folsom Boulevard near Mira del Rio Drive, because of the leak, according to Metro Fire of Sacramento.

Investigators said a private contractor conducting an underground trenching operation in the area struck an unmarked gas line. The accident created three separate breaks in the line causing the asphalt to buckle, officials said. Gas could be seen shooting out from the buckled asphalt.

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The accident created three separate breaks in the line causing the asphalt to buckle, officials said. Gas could be seen shooting out from the buckled asphalt.
Metro Fire of Sacramento

Around 2:15 p.m., Sacramento Office of Emergency Services said that the evacuation orders had been lifted and that residents could return home. Crews with PG&E will remain in the area for a little while to keep an eye on the situation.

Metro Fire officials estimate the Folsom Boulevard to remain closed for one or two hours.