Seniors evacuated from Hammond building because of gas leak

2013-03-25T22:35:00Z 2013-03-25T23:15:07Z Seniors evacuated from Hammond building because of gas leakTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 25, 2013 10:35 pm  • 

HAMMOND | NIPSCO crews were working Monday evening to fix a gas leak that prompted the evacuation of 16 units at the Renaissance Towers in Hammond.

Hammond Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Margraf said the gas leak was reported about 2:30 p.m. about 20 feet from the apartment complex between Michigan Avenue and Logan Street. Crews were able to shut off the gas about 8:20 p.m. to begin making repairs.

Margraf said the leak happened in the area where NIPSCO crews were working to replace older gas lines.

He said the units were evacuated as a precaution, and no one was hospitalized. Residents were allowed back into their apartments by 8:30 p.m. after the gas was turned off.

The apartment complex is for senior citizens, according to its website. Calls to the property manager were not returned Monday evening.

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