Oregon homes, school district offices evacuated after gas line hit

OREGON — About 10 homes and the Oregon Community Unit School District offices were evacuated Tuesday after a gas line was hit in the 900 block of Jefferson Street.

“They’re replacing water mains [and] one of the contractors hit a gas line,” Oregon Police Chief Shawn Melville said.

The gas line was hit around 8:30 a.m. and took about two hours to fix, he said. Oregon police, Oregon Fire Protection District and Nicor Gas personnel responded.

At 8:27 a.m., school officials posted this on Facebook: “A local response team will be at the corner of 10th and Jefferson investigating a possible gas leak. Hawk Drive is closed at this time. If needing to access Oregon Elementary School, park in the West Parking lot of Park West and walk over.”

The 900 block of Jefferson Street was evacuated, along with the 100 block of South 10th Street and part of the 200 block of South 10th Street, Melville said.

Students and staff at Jefferson Elementary School and Oregon High School were not evacuated, he said.

“Like the fire chief said, there was no danger to the students,” Melville said.

School officials then posted an update: “The gas leak has been capped by Nicor. We have been given the all clear to resume outside activities. PM PreK Drop-off and Jr. Kindergarten pick up will still be to the north of the building at 12:30/12:45. 3:11 dismissal will take place as normal. Thank you for your flexibility today.”