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Gas leak near Notre Dame campus prompts evacuations

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Emergency crews responded to a gas leak near Notre Dame's campus Tuesday morning.


NIPSCO says a two inch gas line ruptured around 10 a.m. at Burdette and Vaness streets.



The surrounding area has been evacuated.


Three apartment complexes have been evacuated: Ivy Quad, Irish Flats and Irish Crossing.



Affected residents are asked to go to the Joyce Center on campus.



NIPSCO says the break may have been a result of construction work Burdette and Vaness streets.


Emergency officials were worried about the amount of gas leaking from the break. It could be smelled up to a mile away.


Firefighters and utility workers shut off the valve near the leak to stop the release of gas.


Nearby residents said the gas had a strong odor.


"You could compare it to rotten eggs. As soon as I walked out my back door, which is a little ways from here. It's not right at the site but you could smell it all the way from there.


NIPSCO says it could take up to a day to repair the line.


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