A gas leak has caused the evacuation of five homes and blocked off several streets in the Hamilton area of Novato this afternoon, a Novato Fire Protection District battalion chief said.
A backhoe struck the 4-inch gas line around 2:20 p.m. on Bolling Drive, Battalion Chief Bill Tyler said.
Residents of homes in the eighth- to quarter-mile area around the leak have been advised to shelter in place, Tyler said.
Streets that have been blocked off include Crissy Place, Mather Court, Moffett Court, Tinker Way, Randolph Drive, Kelly Court, and parts of Bolling Drive, Tyler said.
PG&E crews are at the scene and the leak in the gas line is expected to be repaired by 7 p.m., Tyler said.
About 12 preschool children in the playground at Hamilton School were told to remain at the school until their parents picke them up, Tyler said.
A tow truck driver complained of light-headedness and was taken by
the Novato Fire Protection District to a hospital, Tyler said.
The Novato Fire Protection District is also providing updates on its Facebook page.
-Bay City News contributed to this update