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Saturday gas leak caused evacuations

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

KINGSTON – Roughly 20 Kingston residents were displaced for about nine hours Saturday after a gas leak caused police to evacuate residents from the area.

Gary Dumdie, chief deputy for the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, said officers were called to the 9700 block of Five Points Road at 1:30 p.m. Saturday after a tree service company struck a high-pressure gas line with a spade and caused a major leak.

Officers shut down Five Points Road between Wolf and Cherry roads while a special Nicor crew came to the scene to fix the leak, which took hours because it was a high-pressure line, Dumdie said. Residents in the area were evacuated as a precaution, and Dumdie said he believed no one was harmed.

Residents were allowed back in their homes between 10 and 10:30 p.m. and the Genoa-Kingston Fire Department cleared its crew after midnight when responders were finished assisting Nicor.

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