Naperville Fire Department firefighters and Nicor Gas crews Friday afternoon were at the scene of a natural gas leak that caused delays for motorists traveling 95th Street at Route 59 on the city’s south side.
No one was injured in the incident, which happened about 9:58 a.m, after a contractor who was boring underground either struck or severed a natural gas line.
Darade Collins, manager of community relations for Nicor, said at the scene “we have a four-inch main hit by a third party contractor.”
The crew was digging in a field southwest of the PNC Bank branch which is in the Naperville Crossings shopping center. The actual damage occurred a few hundred yards south and west of the bank, near 95th Street and Showplace Drive.
Firefighters, as a precaution, evacuated employees and customers of the bank, which was then closed during the emergency.
“It is an isolated incident,” Collins said. “Everything else is safe.”
Naperville Fire Capt. Robert Chearo said one fire engine, one fire truck and one ambulance were sent to the scene. He said 12 firefighters responded to help during the incident.
Traffic on 95th Street between Route 59 and a block to the west was shut down during the emergency.
The odor of natural gas remained strong in the area as of 2:30 p.m. Collins said he expected crews to have the leak capped by 3 or 3:30 p.m.Tags: gas leak, traffic