UPDATED: MISSION HILLS (CNS) - Firefighters helped evacuate some 40 homes at a Mission Hills mobile home park today in response to an underground gas leak.

The leak at the 193-unit Bermuda Manufactured Home Park at 15440 Los Olivos St. was reported at 1:26 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Forty-one firefighters responded and helped around 65 people, most of them seniors, out of some 40 homes in a "calm and orderly localized evacuation," Humphrey said, adding that the evacuees were shuttled to a nearby community clubhouse and no one was endangered by the fumes.

A Southern California Gas Company crew arrived at the mobile home park to make repairs, Humphrey said. He said the gas was shut at 3:44 a.m. and residents began returning to their homes.

Gas Company spokesman Javier Mendoza said the problem apparently was caused by a third-party crew that was excavating in the area before the leak was reported. Gas company crews were working to restore service.



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