Significant Gas Leak Prompts Closure Of Fowler Roadway, Evacuations

      Fire officials shut down a block in Fowler after a gas line ruptured.

      A ruptured high-flow gas line Friday morning has forced safety officials to shut down a Fowler roadway.

      Merced Street in Fowler is closed from Golden State to Fifth Street due to what CAL Fire officials are calling a "significant" leak.

      CAL Fire spokesman Ryan Michael said that an inch and a half of line was ruptured. He also said that a number of Pacific Gas and Electric, Co. gas repairmen are tied up with a gas leak on Shaw Avenue in Fresno.

      There may be major delays in the area.

      Stay with KMPH as the story develops.