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Legends evacuated for gas leak

Marcela Berrios | Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A construction crew accidentally struck a gas pipe approximately 200 yards from the Mendoza College of Business Tuesday, said Rich Jacobs, general manager of nearby Legends of Notre Dame.

More than 20 people in the restaurant and its adjacent parking lots were evacuated around 1:20 p.m., Jacobs said.

A news release said the line was capped around 2:20 p.m. But Jacobs said he and his staff weren’t allowed to reenter Legends until 3 p.m.

Notre Dame Security/Police Director Phil Johnson did not return phone calls Tuesday. But Jacobs said he didn’t think there were any injuries.

Two accidental gas leaks already occurred earlier this year.

On Feb. 13, seven buildings on campus – including DeBartolo Hall and Decio Hall – were evacuated after a leak. One month later, on March 26, a construction crew working on St. Joseph’s Drive south of the Center for Social Concerns caused the rupture of another gas line.