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Gas crews work to repair damaged pipeline near Kingsburg

Natural gas escapes, left, as a crew works to repair a damaged high-pressure pipeline on Conejo Avenue between Bethel and Del Rey avenues west of Kingsburg on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Southern California Gas Company said a large farm tractor damaged the pipeline Friday evening.
Natural gas escapes, left, as a crew works to repair a damaged high-pressure pipeline on Conejo Avenue between Bethel and Del Rey avenues west of Kingsburg on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Southern California Gas Company said a large farm tractor damaged the pipeline Friday evening. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

Southern California Gas Co. officials were constructing a bypass around a gas pipeline near Kingsburg on Saturday after it was damaged the night before by a large tractor.

The repair crew worked overnight, SoCalGas spokeswoman Melissa Bailey said.

The 10-inch, high-pressure natural gas line is alongside Conejo Avenue just west of Kingsburg. Bailey said it’s unclear how many customers are affected.

SoCalGas provides services for residential and commercial customers in Kingsburg, Reedley, Parlier, Ivanhoe, Sultana, Cutler, Orosi, Orange Cove, Woodlake and Dinuba.

It previously was reported that the damage was a rupture, however Bailey said it is only slight damage.

Conejo Avenue remains closed, but is safe. It is unknown how much time the repair will take. In the meantime, customers are being asked to conserve gas by:

▪ Lowering thermostats to 68 degrees or lower.

▪ Waiting a day to use natural gas appliances.

▪ Washing clothes in cold water when possible.

Andrea Figueroa Briseño: 559-441-6074, @_AndreaBriseno

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