San Diego Fire-Rescue patch. Photo via Twitter @SDFD.

A vehicle plowed into a Clairemont home and sheared off a gas meter Wednesday afternoon, prompting evacuations of nearby residents and the hospitalization of a police officer exposed to gas fumes.

Crews were sent at 3:28 p.m to the 5000 block of Barstow Street, north of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, where a vehicle struck the garage of the single-story home, releasing fumes from a broken gas meter, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Police closed roads and evacuated residents from the affected home and a nearby apartment complex and advised people to avoid the area.

A San Diego police officer responding to the scene complained of having breathing difficulties after inhaling fumes and was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital for treatment. The fire department said one other person was also taken to a hospital, but their condition was not disclosed.

San Diego Gas & Electric was notified to repair the broken gas meter.

— City News Service