Nanaimo residents evacuated due to gas leak

Dozens of Nanaimo residents and businesses were evacuated Wednesday following a gas leak.

Fortis workers Mike Wyse

Fortis workers Mike Wyse

Dozens of Nanaimo residents and businesses were evacuated Wednesday following a gas leak.

A gas line was ruptured by an excavator working at a construction site in the 5200 block of Metral Drive Wednesday morning.

Capt. Martin Drakeley of Nanaimo Fire Rescue said firefighters evacuated about 50 people from nearby homes and businesses until the gas was shut off.