PG&E Unable to Locate Source of Natural Gas Odor in East Bay

PG&E crews were unable to figure out what caused an odor of natural gas after people in Alameda, San Leandro, Oakland and Castro Valley reported the smell Saturday evening, a PG&E spokeswoman said today.

Around 7:15 p.m., fire officials with the Alameda Fire Department said they received several calls reporting the smell of natural gas. PG&E crews arrived at 7:35 p.m. but were unable to locate the smell's source.

Around 10 p.m., PG&E officials began using gas leak detection equipment to determine the source of the odor. Crews, however, were again unable to get indications that a natural gas leak was present.

No one has been evacuated and no injuries were reported as a result of the unusual incident, according to PG&E officials.

Although the source of the odor was never located, PG&E spokeswoman Abby Figueroa said customers did the right thing by calling PG&E to report the incident. "When we live in an urban, industrial area, things like this happen," according to Figueroa. "The most important thing is that people called when they did and that we responded right away."

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