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Gas leak near school now contained

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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 5:20 pm | Updated: 1:10 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Gilbert police and fire crews re-opened the intersection of Baseline and Greenfield roads after a construction crew struck a gas line near Pioneer Elementary School, closing the roadway for about an hour.

The crews arrived on the scene about 4:20 p.m., and closed eastbound Baseline and northbound Greenfield for about an hour. Greenfield was re-opened at 5:10 p.m. and traffic was detoured to U.S. 60 and Warner Road.

There were no evacuations near the site, and Pioneer Elementary School in the Gilbert Unified School District at 1535 N. Greenfield Road, was not in session when the gas main break happened, according to a fire department dispatcher.

However, there were fewer than 20 students still on campus in an after-school program, which lasts until 6 p.m., according to Diane Bowers, spokeswoman for the Gilbert Unified Schools District.

Gilbert Fire Department did not feel that the students at the school were in any immediate danger, said district spokeswoman Dianne Bowers.

“But the district is contacting each of the parents individually as a precautionary measure, and we’re staying in close communication with the fire department,” Bowers said.

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