UPDATE: Gas leak at Stanford University capped, street reopened

Campus Drive is opened for traffic

UPDATE: PG&E crews have capped a gas leak at Stanford University, according to an alert sent to the Stanford campus. The gas line was fixed at about 5:40 p.m. It is safe for people to return to the area and buildings that were evacuated. Campus Drive is open for traffic.


A gas leak has prompted the evacuations of two buildings at Stanford University Tuesday afternoon, a fire dispatcher said.

Fire crews were notified of a gas leak at 1047 Campus Drive, the former home of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, around 3:50 p.m., the dispatcher said.

A construction crew digging in the area hit a gas line, causing the leak, according to Palo Alto fire Battalion Chief Kevin McNally.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Sigma fraternity houses have been evacuated and PG&E has been called to the scene, he said.

No injuries were reported, the dispatcher said, but officials recommend people stay away from the area.

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