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Gas leak forces hours-long evacuation of several Park City buildings

By Lauren Bennett, | Updated - Jul 1st, 2019 @ 9:48pm | Posted - Jul 1st, 2019 @ 5:24pm

PARK CITY — Officials ordered the evacuation of several Park City buildings Monday evening due to a gas leak.

A little before 5 p.m., Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Park City Fire District ordered the evacuation of Ute Boulevard between state Route 224 and the Kimball Junction Transit Center roundabout.

As of 9 p.m., the order had been lifted and all area businesses were allowed to reopen. Park City Fire officials said road between McDonald’s and Taco Bell was still closed Monday night, and Landmark Loop was partially closed and couldn’t be accessed via Ute Boulevard, and vice versa.

According to fire officials, these roads will stay closed until Tuesday. They asked the public to avoid the area if possible and “plan alternate routes for the morning to avoid traffic back-ups.”

Affected buildings were the Richins Building, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and the strip mall where the restaurant Davanza’s is located.

Park City fire spokeswoman Tricia Hazelrigg said evacuations would be in place for at least four hours, but details about what caused the gas leak weren’t immediately available.

In a tweet, fire officials noted the gas line break or puncture is underground and caused the road to buckle. Dominion Energy crews were on scene working to repair the line, they said.

No injuries were reported, officials said.

Contributing: Emerson Oligschlaeger

Lauren Bennett

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