DALLAS — An evacuation order has been lifted for the Dallas neighborhood where widespread gas leaks have forced thousands from their homes and led to a house explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl.

Natural gas supplier Atmos Energy announced Thursday afternoon that residents from about 25 houses and some nearby apartment units were allowed to return home. They had been ordered to leave Wednesday.

Hundreds of homes have been without gas for weeks following earlier evacuations in the aftermath of the Feb. 23 house explosion that killed the girl and injured four in her family.

Atmos is currently replacing pipe and service lines in the neighborhood.

A report released last week by the National Transportation Safety Board says leaks in the neighborhood near Dallas Love Field airport were first detected Jan. 1.

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