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Public safety officials evacuated the Fairfield Inn & Suites in American Canyon on Friday afternoon after a nearby 2-inch natural gas line was ruptured by construction equipment.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Officials said Pacific Gas & Electric had the line clamped by 1:45 p.m.

The hotel interior was tested for natural gas before guests and employees were readmitted.

A contractor struck the line in the 100 block of Antonina Avenue, south of Napa Junction Road, with a backhoe during construction of new housing, said Deanna Contreras, a PG&E spokesperson.

The contractor had called 811 in advance and the line had been marked, Contreras said. The utility is looking into what caused the incident, she said.

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City Editor

Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.