By Barry Eberling
Crews working on the old courthouse renovation hit a gas line Monday morning, leading to several street closures and the evacuation of about 20 homes and businesses for an hour.
Workers hit a 2-inch-diameter line at about 10 a.m. near the sidewalk along Empire Street in back of the historic courthouse. The Fairfield Fire Department, Fairfield Police Department and Solano County Office of Emergency Services responded.
Emergency crews used a monitor to determine where the natural gas was drifting. An ignition source could have potentially caused an explosion or fire.