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About two dozen employees were briefly evacuated yesterday afternoon at the Springfield Hospital Center property near Sykesville after a contractor struck a gas line to a barn under construction, according to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and Carroll County fire officials.

A 1 1/4 -inch service line to the unoccupied building was struck about 1:20 p.m. by one of the contractors working at the site, which was not part of the hospital complex, said Linda Foy, a spokeswoman for BGE. The workers left the area while a BGE crew secured the leak and shut off the line. No one was injured.

"Some of the buildings had to be evacuated as a precaution," said Deputy Chief Glenn Ruch of the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department. The low levels of gas on the grounds disrupted about 25 employees for about an hour, he said.

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