Photo courtesy of Columbus Fire Department.

Photo courtesy of Columbus Fire Department.

Columbus firefighters had to block off a street and evacuate homes Saturday and Sunday after a contractor hit a gas line.

Capt. Mike Wilson says that the incident happened at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon at 19th Street and Home Avenue when Miller Pipeline hit the Vectren-owned line. Crews shut off power to the area and evacuated seven residences, Wilson said. Firefighters worked overnight to keep the area safe while Vectren tried to shut off the flow of gas.

Wilson said it wan’t until about 10:20 a.m. Sunday morning that they finally were able to shut off the leak and firefighters could leave the scene. That was after about 20 hours.