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Gas leak closes Route 59 restaurant, bank

Constructiwork is halted after gas leak outside Bank Americbranch Route 59 Liberty Street AurorMonday.   |  Stephanie Lulay~Sun-Times

Construction work is halted after a gas leak outside of a Bank of America branch at Route 59 and Liberty Street in Aurora Monday. | Stephanie Lulay~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 25, 2013 5:59PM

AURORA — A gas leak temporarily closed a T.G.I. Friday’s and a Bank of America branch near Route 59 and Liberty Street Monday.

The leak was caused by a contractor performing construction work near the bank, and a small service line to the bank was affected.

“We’re not aware of anybody who was injured or ill,” said Annette Martinez, director of Nicor external relations.

Nicor received a call at 10 a.m from the Aurora Fire Department regarding the leak. Crews were on the scene by 10:40 a.m., she said.

T.G.I. Friday’s, 888 N. Route 59, opened late at about 11:35 a.m., according to manager Gato Perez. The restaurant usually opens at 11 a.m.

“Everyone’s safe and we’re back in business now,” Perez said.

The Bank of America branch at 896 N. Route 59 closed for two hours during the incident.

No one was injured or became ill at the bank during the incident, according to Diane Wagner, Chicago media spokesman for the bank.

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