Published: Nov 14, 2010 12:29 AM EST
Updated: Nov 13, 2010 6:06 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Crews from Peoples Gas and Tampa Electric have restored natural gas service to 80 businesses, as well as some residential customers affected by a gas line break on Thursday afternoon.

Officials say Peoples Gas restoration crews visited more than 40 percent of the affected customers by Saturday afternoon.

TECO has sent more than 200 additional support workers to the Ft. Myers and Naples areas to help restore service.  The break Thursday left 6,000 residential and 1,200 commercial customers without natural gas in Lee and Collier counties.

Peoples Gas says customers should not turn off their gas supply at the main meter; only emergency or utility personnel should turn the valve on or off.  Customers may turn off the gas for individual appliances at the appliance valve near each unit, but TECO says it is not necessary.