Gas Leak Causes Apartment Building Evacuation During Below Zero Wind Chill Near Wellington Ave And Cheekwood Dr, Elk Grove Village

Elk Grove Village police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 11:00 AM Thursday to a natural gas leak near Wellington Avenue and Cheekwood Drive Elk Grove Village, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report of a gas odor and found a high level of gas readings inside an apartment building. The apartment building was evacuated and a warming bus responded to the scene.

Elk Grove Village police worked to expedite the delivery of a warming bus to the scene
as air temperature was about 7 degrees at 11:00 a.m. with a wind chill of -11 degrees.

Firefighters called for NICOR and COM ED to respond to the scene. COM ED was required to shut off power to the affected apartment to prevent ignition of high gas levels.

NICOR was still working on an active gas leak after 5:40 p.m. Thursday near Wellington Avenue.

Winds were from the North at about 16 MPH at 11:00 a.m. and shifted to the West at 8 MPH at 5:51 PM. The initial West winds for the day were observed at about 3:51 PM.

A gas odor was investigated at a second location at about 4:40 PM in the 1100 block of Driftwood. Firefighters were checking gas levels at the second building. No was no word on any evacuation as of 6:00 p.m.

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