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Update: "At 3:00 p.m. the phase 2 area of the Chatfield Corners neighborhood evacuation will be lifted. Some residents can return but will likely be without power. See official details on the town website or Facebook page.

Multiple residents were forced to evacuate from their homes after a fiery explosion on Thursday afternoon in Gypsum, Colorado. 

According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the explosion was caused by an underground gas leak that took place at a residential home located near Valley Road and Cottonwood Pass Road.

The evacuation order includes all of the Chatfield Corners neighborhood along with Gypsum Creek Road, Valley Road, Grundel Road, and Cottonwood Pass Road. The evacuation center is located at the Lundgren Amphitheater Lawn next to the Gypsum Recreation Center.

Due to the underground gas leak, officials say power will be turned off for an extended period of time. Addresses impacted include homes south of Chatfield, Cottonwood Pass, and all of Cottonwood Pass West of Gypsum Creek Road, and East of Stoney Creek.

Gypsum is an old mining and ranching town located just west of Eagle and east of Glenwood Springs. The town is also located just miles away from Colorado's ski country, including ski resorts such as Vail and Beaver Creek.

This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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