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Part of Latonia Evacuated After Gas Line Struck

A two-block area of Latonia was evacuated on Friday afternoon after a City of Covington contractor working on the reconstruction of Latonia Avenue ruptured a natural gas line.

No was hurt in either the gas line break or evacuation, Covington Fire Chief Mark Pierce said.

It started at around 2 p.m. when the operator of an excavator digging up the street hit the gas line at the corner of 35th Street and Latonia Avenue.

That caused natural gas to leak into the air.

The contractor called 911 and under a Code Red procedure, the nearby residents were notified by calls or texts to evacuate.

Emergency personnel also knocked on doors to alert residents, Pierce said.

Duke Energy showed up to begin the process of shutting off and repairing the leak, Pierce said. 

By 4 p.m., the leak had been isolated and residents were let back into their homes.

“We appreciate the quick work of the contractor, the First Responders and Duke,” Pierce said.

-Staff report