AUBURN — Emergency crews responsed to a gas leak outside the Auburn Mall on Tuesday afternoon, containing it within 45 minutes with no evacuations.

The gas company Unitil received a report of the leak around 2:40 p.m. The leak was caused when a third party struck a gas line about 20 feet from JCPenney anchor store, said Unitil spokesman Alec O’Meara. He could not be more specific.

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“The area has been made safe. There were no evacuations,” O’Meara said.

The area was secured by 3:25 p.m., and Unitil had a repair crew on the way shortly afterward to make more permanent repairs, he said.

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