A gas leak has forced the evacuation of several buildings in downtown Evanston, including the headquarters of Rotary International, authorities said.
Utility workers hit a gas main at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday on Grove Street near the intersection of Sherman Avenue, fire department Deputy Chief Tom Janetske said. No one was injured in the incident, but authorities did evacuate the Rotary International Building and several surrounding buildings and storefronts.
Emergency personnel and various utility crews are on the scene and are measuring the air quality, Janetske said. He estimated it could be another hour to an hour and a half before people are allowed back in those buildings.
Authorities have closed Grove Street from Chicago Avenue to the CTA tracks, Janetske said. The incident has snarled traffic on Sherman Avenue.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times