UPDATED: Niles Street was reopened at 6:30 a.m.
UPDATE: Emergency crews responded to a reported gas leak in the 1900 block of Niles Street in East Bakersfield Thursday morning just before 3:40 a.m.
Bakersfield Fire, Kern County Fire, CHP, and PG&E went to the area of Niles Street and Orange Drive.
Traffic was temporarily closed in the area but has since reopened.
PG&E does not have an estimated duration on when the gas leak will be capped.
People living on Niles Street, between Orange Drive and Palm Drive were asked to shelter-in-place.
An investigation revealed that a valve on PG&E gas equipment had been physically damaged releasing natural gas.
The gas leak has been repaired and crews are no longer on scene.