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updated: 8/29/2013 6:15 PM

Gas leak forces evacuation of Huntley facilities

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  • Video: After the Huntley gas leak

  • Huntley fire department mechanic, Rob Territo takes a walker from Huntley firefighter/paramedic Eric Smith to load onto a flatbed as residents get onto a bus to be taken home after a gas leak forced their evacuation from supportive and assisted living facilities in Huntley.

       Huntley fire department mechanic, Rob Territo takes a walker from Huntley firefighter/paramedic Eric Smith to load onto a flatbed as residents get onto a bus to be taken home after a gas leak forced their evacuation from supportive and assisted living facilities in Huntley.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Verla Thompson sits in Huntley Village Hall with her 22-year-old cat, CeCe, on her lap as they wait for a bus ride home. A gas leak forced evacuation Thursday at about 9 a.m. from Heritage Woods of Huntley, an assisted living residence. Residents were moved back in shortly after 11 a.m.

       Verla Thompson sits in Huntley Village Hall with her 22-year-old cat, CeCe, on her lap as they wait for a bus ride home. A gas leak forced evacuation Thursday at about 9 a.m. from Heritage Woods of Huntley, an assisted living residence. Residents were moved back in shortly after 11 a.m.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Residents wait for a bus or ambulance ride back to their homes at Heritage Woods of Huntley and Deer Path Supportive Living of Huntley after being evacuated to Huntley Village Hall due to a gas leak Thursday.

       Residents wait for a bus or ambulance ride back to their homes at Heritage Woods of Huntley and Deer Path Supportive Living of Huntley after being evacuated to Huntley Village Hall due to a gas leak Thursday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 

More than 100 people were evacuated from assisted and supportive living facilities as well as a small office building on Regency Parkway in Huntley Thursday because of a gas leak.

A contractor hit a gas main just before 9 a.m. while digging for a streetlight, according to the Huntley Fire Protection District. The decision to evacuate the three buildings came after air quality testing deemed them too dangerous to occupy.

DeerPath Supportive Living and Heritage Woods Assisted Living evacuated 78 residents, who were shuttled to Huntley Village Hall. There were also 25 employees, three cats and a dog who were safely escorted from the affected buildings, fire officials said. They were taken to the village hall in ambulances, buses and vans.

There were no injuries reported.

NICOR responders stopped the gas leak at about 10 a.m. After an hour of ventilation and monitoring, residents and employees were allowed to return to the buildings.

Fire departments from Algonquin/Lake in the Hills, Hampshire, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Lakewood, Carpentersville, Marengo, South Elgin, Genoa-Kingston, West Dundee, Rutland Dundee, Pingree Grove and Union all arrived to help with the emergency response.

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