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Gas leak in Desert Hot Springs prompts shelter-in-place order for nearby residents

A gas leak in a Desert Hot Springs neighborhood led to a shelter-in-place order for residents for more two hours Wednesday morning.

The leak occurred along the 11000 block of Bald Eagle Lane in Desert Hot Springs, near Desert Hot Springs High School. The school was not affected by the gas leak.

Fire officials said they were first notified of the "major gas leak" at around 10:20 a.m. Residents of the area were immediately asked to shelter in place. no homes were evacuated at this time.

Desert Hot Springs Police have been called to the scene to help with traffic control. SoCalGas is on scene and is working to fix the leak.

Officials originally projected the leak would be fixed by 11 a.m., however, SoCalGas crews were able to control the leak at 12:41 p.m. Work continues on five homes that were affected by an outage, however, the shelter in place order was lifted.

Crews were able to determine that it was caused by a "construction accident." A neighbor told News Channel 3 that they saw a construction crew hit a gas line on a house under construction, causing the leak.

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