Burnside Gas Main Break Secured After Home Evacuations, Soft Lockdown At School

Mike Krauser
July 11, 2019 - 12:17 pm
Gas Main Break in Burnside

WBBM Newsradio/Mike Krauser


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A ruptured gas line that prompted home evacuations and a temporary soft lockdown Thursday in Burnside has been secured.

Construction workers hit a high-pressure gas main about 8:30 a.m. in the 600 block of East 91st Place, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt.

Peoples Gas crews responded to the scene and the leak was stopped by about 10:45 a.m., according to fire officials. No injuries were reported.

Some nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution and children at a nearby Burnside Scholastic Academy, 650 E. 91st Place, were temporarily told to shelter in place while crews worked to stop the leak, the fire department said.

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