Gas leak forces E.C. residents from homes

2013-10-15T13:35:00Z 2013-10-16T00:17:07Z Gas leak forces E.C. residents from homesTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 15, 2013 1:35 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | Residents of an East Chicago neighborhood were forced from their homes for about two hours Tuesday after a construction crew hit and ruptured a gas main.

Tom Stevens, spokesman for NIPSCO, said a contractor installing a water main at Emlyn Place and Tod Avenue hit a gas main around 11:30 a.m.

East Chicago officials evacuated people from about 50 homes in the immediate neighborhood as a precaution, Stevens said.

Stevens said at 1:30 p.m. the main was repaired and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The gas did not need to be shut off to people's homes, Stevens said, so no re-lighting of pilot lights will be necessary.

Stevens said an investigation as to how and why the construction crews hit the gas main will be conducted.

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