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Gas leak prompts evacuations at some Batavia businesses

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – A natural gas leak prompted the evacuation of a strip mall on Randall Road near Fabyan Parkway for a few hours Monday.

About 2:30 p.m. Monday, Batavia firefighters responded to a report of a natural gas leak on a construction site in the 800 block of North Randall Road, just south of Fabyan Parkway, Batavia Fire Chief Randy Deicke said. 

He said construction workers were digging on the site, located behind two existing strip retail centers on the west side of Randall Road, when they struck a 2-inch gas line.

Firefighters called representatives of Nicor to the scene, and evacuated some of the nearby businesses, which included a Delnor Express Care medical clinic and Cartridge World.

Employees of at least one of the businesses still were waiting in the parking lot outside the strip mall about 45 minutes after firefighters first arrived on the scene.

Deike said the construction workers were preparing the ground for the eventual construction of an auto repair business at that location, just east of the Batavia Walmart.

He said firefighters and repair crews remained on the scene into the late afternoon.

Because of the location of the gas leak, traffic on Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway, as well as at most nearby businesses, were not affected by the situation.

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