San Jose: : San José Fire Department Final Update on Race Street and Park Avenue Gas Leak
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Erica Ray, Public Information Manager, San José Fire Department

San José Fire Department Final Update on Race Street and Park Avenue Gas Leak

SAN JOSE, Calif. (August 27, 2021)
– On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, San José Fire Department (SJFD) responded to reports of a gas leak at approximately 9:46 a.m. near the intersection of Race Street and Park Avenue. As a result, residents were evacuated from their homes until 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 26 when the evacuation order was lifted. All evacuated residents may return to their homes. A very small number of residents remain without gas services. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is supporting the residents without gas service to their homes.

An evacuation shelter was established by the San José Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Department at the Bascom Community Center on Wednesday afternoon. Over 180 evacuees were provided overnight accommodations; our Access and Functional Needs community members received support; meals were provided by the City in partnership with the Red Cross of Silicon Valley and Team San José; and pets — several dogs, cats, and 1 hamster — were also assisted.

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San José Police Department remained on scene throughout the incident to ensure the safety of community members by maintaining a secure evacuation perimeter. SJFD had resources committed for the duration of the event to assist with air quality monitoring and to maintain readiness to respond to any health, fire or other emergencies.

About the City of San José
With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California's largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José's transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City's anticipated growth through the year 2040.

About San José Fire Department

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The San José Fire Department (SJFD) is a full-service, all-hazard metropolitan fire department that provides service to and protects a population of over 1 million residents within the approximately 180 square miles of the nation's tenth largest city. The protection area includes residential, commercial, high-rise, industrial, seven major hospitals (including three trauma centers and seven emergency departments, the SAP Center (home to the NHL's San José Sharks), the Earthquakes Stadium (home of the MSL's San Jose Earthquakes), San José State University, Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport, three super-regional malls, the United State Patent and Trademark Office and wildland-urban interface areas. Learn more about SJFD at

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