Gas leak at new Vineyard mall in Murrieta forces evacuations

MURRIETA, Calif. — A natural gas leak Friday morning at The Vineyard Mall across from Vista Murrieta High School prompted evacuations, but no injuries were reported.

SoCalGas officials were at the scene to back up the reported leak around 10 a.m. near Whitewood Road in the northeast part of the center at the construction site for the new Aldi supermarket.

“Nearby residents have been contacted regarding evacuations or sheltering in place,” Murrieta Fire & Rescue reported on social media. The agency said it would provide updates via social networks.

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The Vineyard mall on Clinton Keith Road and Interstate 215 continues to expand, with other businesses set to open this year, including the August opening of a new 151,000 square foot Costco warehouse store .

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