Gas leak reported at San Luis Obispo construction site

Construction crews hit a 1-inch gas line on Tuesday morning at a construction site in San Luis Obispo, prompting fire crews to call for a limited evacuation of some nearby residences.

No fire or injuries were reported in the incident, which happened at 10:08 a.m. at 313 South St., San Luis Obispo Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Gater said. Southern California Gas Co. responded and clamped the pipe just before noon, and the leak was stopped.

Construction is underway on 43 low-income apartments, called the South Street Family Apartments.

Gater said four fire units and a few police units responded to the incident Tuesday. Once Southern California Gas Co. crews stopped the leak, they planned to make repairs to the damaged area.

South Street remained open in both directions during the incident. Gater said a couple of residential units located immediately adjacent to the leak on Exposition Drive were evacuated.

“We have a 5- to 10-mph wind blowing and it’s dispersing the gas,” he said. “Crews are not finding anywhere near flammable range levels. Construction has stopped on site and as soon as the gas company gets their crew in we’ll get this clamped.”

Once built, the apartments will be available to families with annual incomes at or below 60 percent of the county’s median income. Approved by the city in 2011, the $14.1 million project is being developed as a partnership between the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo and ROEM Corp. Scott Smith, executive director of the Housing Authority, said construction is scheduled to wrap up in March.

Applications for the units may start being accepted in 30 to 45 days, Smith said. To join an interest list, go to www.roemcorp.com/projects/south-street/.

Cynthia Lambert: 805-781-7929, @ClambertSLO