Evacuations Ordered After Natural Gas Leak

ORANGEFIELD (June 26, 2014) Emergency personnel were monitoring a natural gas leak Thursday in Orange County that forced the evacuation of nearby homes.

A constant stream of water is being sprayed on the site in Orangefield to ensure a spark doesn’t ignite the leaking gas, Orange County sheriff's Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson said.

It’s unclear when the leak will be plugged or when residents of more than 15 homes in the area will be allowed to return, he said.

The residents could be kept away for several days, he said.

Workers at the oil well site struck a natural gas pocket Wednesday morning, sending gas, sand and water spewing from the ground.

The sheriff did not know which company owns the site.