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Four Buildings At UIC Evacuated For Gas Leak

Four buildings at the University of Illinois at Chicago were evacuated on Sept. 24, 2013, after a construction crew ruptured a natural gas line. (Photo courtesy: Chris Matocha)

Four buildings at the University of Illinois at Chicago were evacuated on Sept. 24, 2013, after a construction crew ruptured a natural gas line. (Photo courtesy: Chris Matocha)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – Four buildings were evacuated at the University of Illionis at Chicago’s West Side campus after a gas line was punctured Tuesday morning.

A Level 2 HazMat response was called when a construction company hit a small gas line at 900 W. Taylor St., according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Will Knight.

Four buildings, including a science and engineering laboratory, and offices, an engineering research facility; and Burnham Hall, an academic building, were evacuated after the two-inch gas line was punctured, said Sherri McGinnis Gonzalez, a UIC spokesperson.

The Fire Department and gas company had secured the leak as of 10:35 a.m., according to fire media. No one was injured.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)