Gas leak forces school evacuation

Teachers evacuate students to another building on the campus of St. John Berchmans school after construction crews hit a gas line at Maplewood Avenue and Logan Boulevard on Wednesday. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / January 18, 2012)

A parochial  school in the Logan Square neighborhood was temporarily evacuated as a precaution this morning after a construction crew hit a gas line, fire officials said.

The 200 pupils at St. John Berchmans, 2517 W. Logan Boulevard, were allowed to return to classes after about 45 minutes.

There was an underground fire, but there were no injuries, said Fire Chief Joe Roccasalva, a department spokesman.

The incident took place about 9:35 a.m. at Maplewood Avenue and Logan Boulevard, he said.

The fire was reported extinguished by 10 a.m., the gas leak secured, and the situation was "returning to normal," said fire spokesman Larry Langford.