Update: Avista crews repair natural gas leak in Liberty Lake

Update: Avista has secured a natural gas leak that previously prompted some evacuations on Country Vista Dr. in Liberty Lake Monday evening.

Fire crews wrapped up checking evacuated residences and businesses for residual gas before allowing people to return. As of 6:30 p.m., all but 12 units were cleared for reoccupation.

Residents from those 12 units will not be able to return for 24 hours while Avista works to pull the trapped natural gas out of the surrounding ground.

An Avista official says a contractor was digging in the area when they ruptured a line, causing the gas leak.

Previous coverage: Spokane Valley Fire and Avista crews are responding to a natural gas leak in Liberty Lake on Country Vista Monday evening.

Crews say the leak has the potential to be an extended incident for possibly over an hour. People are encouraged to avoid the area near 21900 E. Country Vista Blvd in front of the Home Depot.

Avista crews are working to repair the line. Power has been shut off as they work to stop the leak. Evacuations in the area are in place for about 30 apartment units in Legacy Villa and two businesses nearby. Crews have estimated a repair of the leak around an hour.

Detours are in place. Country Vista remains blocked west of Whitman Lane.