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Gas leak is contained

A residential gas meter pipe was found sheared off Tuesday night, prompting a precautionary evacuation of at-risk homes in southeast Rochester. The situation was contained and resolved without further incident, according to a press release from the Rochester Fire Department.

The gas leak was reported to authorities at 10:36 p.m. at 35 Sunnydale Lane. Fire protection was provided for residents, while a hydraulic clamp was used to slow the leak before a "protected" employee of Minnesota Energy arrived to cap the leak.

No one was hurt in the incident and a damage estimate is unknown.

It's unclear if anyone lives in the home, said Larry Mueller, assistant fire marshal. The incident remains under investigation.

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