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Gas Leak Evacuates Florence Cafe

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FLORENCE -

A portion of the Eastside Highway was closed and a Florence cafe was temporarily evacuated Tuesday when an excavator struck a gas line.

Ravalli County Sheriff's say around noon a construction crew working on the Eastside Highway accidentally cut through a two-inch natural gas line.

The Florence Volunteer Fire Department, NorthWestern Energy and sheriff's officials were quick to evacuate the closest building to the site, Caffe Firenze, as they shut off gas and cleaned up the area.

John Stevens, the owner of Caffe Firenze, said the evacuation forced him to close his doors for about an hour.

"With progress there are bound to be set backs. That's just one of the things we go through around here," Stevens said.

No other buildings were evacuated.

The highway was re-opened to the public around 1 p.m.

Sheriff officials say the line was accidentally cut due to a miscommunication in mapping.
   

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