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Fire officials say a utility company struck a high-pressure natural gas main and caused a leak outside in a residential area in North Chicago Tuesday morning.

The North Chicago Fire Department responded around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to the 2200 block of Kemble Avenue for a report of a gas leak.

Fire crews arrived and confirmed a gas leak outside.

Firefighters found a high-pressure gas main underground actively leaking.

The leak was caused by a utility company that was working in the area, fire officials said.

North Shore Gas was immediately called and shut down the gas line for the entire 2200 block of Kemble Avenue.

North Shore Gas will remain on the scene throughout the day, possibly into the evening.

They are working to restore services and provide a safety check to homes that have been affected, fire officials said.

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Contact information for North Shore Gas has been posted on residential doors to address additional needs if necessary.