SPOKANE, Wash. -

A gas line rupture in North Spokane caused 10 homes to be evacuated on Monday.

Spokane Fire Department officials say a residential gas line was hit by someone digging in a backyard near the intersection of Belt Street and Queen Avenue. It happened shortly after 2:00 PM.

Spokane Fire crews responded to the scene, evacuating 10 nearby homes as a precaution. Belt St. was closed while firefighters worked on fixing the problem.

It took crews a lot more than an hour to shut off the gas line and return the residents to their homes. Belt St. reopened a short time later.