Little Village gas main break closes parts of South Kedzie Avenue

A gas main leak in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood prompted a Level 1 Hazardous Materials response on Thursday morning.

January 23, 2014 1:16:50 PM PST
The Chicago Fire Department and Peoples Energy are at the scene of a gas leak in the 2300 block of S. Kedzie on the city's Southwest Side.

Firefighters cut gas service to 40 buildings in the Little Village neighborhood after a construction crew broke the gas main.

The main broke Thursday morning around 11 a.m. and prompted a Level 1 Hazardous Materials response from the fire department.

"We are working to assess and repair any damage as quickly as possible," the gas company said in a statement.

The affected area is between Cermak Road and 25th Street, from Kedzie Avenue east to Albany Avenue.

A fire official said that schools in the area won't be affected because they have backup service. will continue to update this story.