Google admits subcontractor caused a natural gas leak Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Google Communications Director Courtney Hohne said Sunday that one of its subcontractors, working to install conduit for Google Fiber, damaged a gas line Saturday while working near the KirkWood Circle Apartments at 50th and Central in Kansas City, Mo.

"The problem was promptly identified, and the line was closed and capped," Hohne said in a statement issued on behalf of Google. "We are sorry for any inconvenience and worry that this may have caused."

Google subcontractor West Shore Group was responsible for the gas line break on Saturday. Hundreds of people were evacuated from the apartment building and nearby townhomes while MGE crews and Kansas City, Mo., firefighters worked frantically to stop the leak.

Jeanne Drisko is one of hundreds of residents evacuated Saturday. She walked outside, smelled the gas and knew it was time to leave. Firefighters were also going around telling people to evacuate.

"I'm not worried about having another leak because of how this was handled," Drisko said. "I felt like they handled it so well, and they made contingency plans that it was going to be all right. When we returned home, the firefighters checked our home and then had the MGE crew inspect it too, just to make sure everything was fine."

West Shore Group is expected to submit an incident report to Google to explain what happened and to determine what can be done to prevent similar incidents in the future.
 

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