A 10-inch water main has broken in East Baltimore, disrupting water service to about 15 homes, two apartment buildings and a third building, according to the city Department of Public Works.

The break occurred in the 400 block of E. Oliver St. in the city's Greenmount West neighborhood, the department said. The street is also closed.

"It knocked a nice little hole in the street, so we're digging that up now," said Kurt Kocher, a DPW spokesman, about 2:30 p.m.

Kocher said he did not have an estimate for when the damage would be repaired.

"When you have something that's going to blow a hole in the street, there is a good chance of something else being in the way," he said, noting utilities are often in close proximity to water mains under the city's streets.

The location is west of the Greenmount Cemetery.

The city had previously reported 50 homes were without water.

No further information was immediately available.

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