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Ocean Beach natural gas leak evacuees allowed back into their homes

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Scores of Ocean Beach residents forced out of their homes overnight by a gas leak were allowed back into the neighborhood Tuesday after utility crews made sure no hazardous fumes remained in or around structures in the area.

Authorities began receiving reports about a strong odor of natural gas around the 1700 block of Bacon Street about 7 p.m. Monday, according to police and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Emergency crews cleared roughly 200 people out of surrounding houses and apartments as utility workers began searching for the source of the problem, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department reported.

The SDG&E personnel had the leak under control as of shortly before 11 p.m.

The American Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center for the evacuees and stationed a food truck for them at the corner of Del Monte Avenue and Bacon Street.

As of late this morning, all but about 75 of the affected residents had been allowed back into their homes, fire department spokesman Lee Swanson said. All the evacuations were lifted by mid-afternoon.

The cause of the leak remained under investigation.

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