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Fire department: Homes not safe for evacuated Arvin residents

Fire department: Homes not safe for evacuated Arvin residents

ARVIN, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A time frame for return hasn't been set for residents of eight Arvin homes that were evacuated March 18 because a pipeline leak filled the area with flammable gas.

The Kern County Fire Department released an update Monday on the current work in the area.

Both air and soil were contaminated by the leak in the pipeline, which is owned by Petro Capital Resources, of Bakersfield. More air samples were taken that will be sent out for analysis.

Installation of the primary vapor extraction system is underway and is anticipated to be completed by the middle to end of next week, the fire department said.

The fire department said "safety for the residents remains the primary concern" and more data from environmental tests is needed before declaring the homes safe.

Until then, the company that owns the pipeline will pay for a hotel for the displaced residents.

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