A natural gas pipeline burst in the southern state of Kentucky and forced the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes and businesses, according to the Kentucky Emergency Management Agency.

A spokeswoman for the agency, Kristin Williams, said in a statement Monday that the fire was caused by a ruptured natural gas line in Pulaski.

Williams said that the gas line is now under a “total containment” and will not be able to be used to pump more gas until the pipe is replaced.

The Kentucky Department of Environmental Quality said that a new line has been installed in the town of Southfield and that the natural gas leak was under control.