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June 25, 2014

Gas leak forces evacuations in Orangefield neighborhood

ORANGEFIELD — Residents of more than a dozen homes have been evacuated Wednesday due to a natural gas leak.

A natural gas leak was reported at approximately 8:45 a.m., Wednesday, at the end of Gulf road, which is located off of FM 408 in Orangefield. An unidentified representative of an oil well company called the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to report the leak.

Bridge City Fire and Rescue, as well as deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, arrived at the scene and took measurements with Low Explosive Limit (LEL) detectors and determined there was not enough gas present at that time to call for an evacuation.

However, according to a press release from Deputy Chief Clint Hodgkinson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the leak persisted for several more hours and failed to dissipate quickly enough because of the inclement weather conditions in the area on Wednesday.

Officials called in a special response team from Houston after workers with the oil well company were unable to contain the leak and called for an evacuation of a total of 16 homes on Gulf Road and Scales Lane. These residents will be required to stay away from the houses overnight.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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