Gas leak forces apartment evacuation in DeKalb
DeKALB – A major gas leak forced apartment evacuations and closure of the Union Pacific railroad line Monday.
Construction crews working at the CVS Pharmacy on Annie Glidden Road and West Lincoln Highway struck a major gas line a little after 9:45 a.m., causing a leak that prompted the DeKalb Fire and Police departments to evacuate the nearby Colonial Townhouse apartments at 1010 W. Lincoln Highway.
DeKalb Interim Fire Chief Eric Hicks said all on-duty firefighters responded to the leak and spent a little less than two hours scrubbing the gas vapors and constantly hosing down the break point on the gas line to reduce the risk of a fire and quell the fumes.
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