FAIRFIELD - Several homes in Fairfield were evacuated and others were told to stay inside with their doors and windows shut after contractors broke a natural gas line Wednesday.

It happened on Knapps Highway at Alvin Street around 6 p.m. Police officers blocked off the area while crews from Southern Connecticut Gas stopped the leak.

Officials say the residents who were evacuated were allowed to return to their homes after firefighters checked for gas. No one was hurt.