A construction crew working at the soon-to-be Target building in Goleta reported a ruptured gas line Tuesday morning, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
A 2-inch gas line was ruptured during construction in the building at 6865 Hollister Ave. around 10:35 a.m., County Fire Capt. Daniel Bertucelli said.
The building was evacuated and people in nearby buildings were advised to shelter in place, he said. The Southern California Gas Company was en route to shut off the gas as of noon.
No injuries were initially reported and the specific cause of the ruptured gas line is being investigated, Bertucelli said.
This is the second gas line break in two days on the South Coast, and incidents are often caused by construction crews.
The former Kmart closed last year and the Target at the site is expected to open sometime in 2019.
Goletans got their first look at the changes planned for the shopping center during design review hearings last July.
Gas leak outside. C/T 1034. 6865 Hollister Ave. 2” gas line ruptured during construction work. No injuries. Old Kmart building evacuated while surrounding buildings are sheltered in place. Gas company en route. Call newsline for more info. pic.twitter.com/5ErUNIWZfi
— Daniel Bertucelli (@SBCFireInfo) August 6, 2019