London, Ont., emergency crews evacuated the area after reports of a natural gas leak broke out downtown.
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“London Fire has received a call from concerned natural gas contractors coming out of manhole covers in the Queens Avenue basement,” said London Fire Service Platoon Chief Gary Mosburger. . “Once we got here, we realized we had a very large natural gas leak.”
At around 11:15 a.m. on Friday, the London Police Service announced several road closures in connection with the gas leak.
Currently, Waterloo Street is closed between Dundas Street and Dufferin Avenue. Queens Avenue is also closed between Waterloo and Colborne streets.
Buildings within a two-block radius should be evacuated “out of an abundance of caution”, according to a statement issued by the City of London.
The area impacted by the natural gas leak includes:
- Princess Avenue north
- Maitland Street looking east
- King Street to the south
- Wellington Street looking west
“A lot of people had to evacuate these buildings, realizing we had gas stoves within explosive limits,” Mosburger said.
A city spokesperson said in an email that they are awaiting news from emergency management to determine if there is a need for buses at this time.
Officials say there is no risk to public safety outside of the “immediate area”.
“This is all unusual, but the police and fire department have tried really hard to keep us as informed as possible,” Carol Milton, who works on Waterloo Street, told PKBNEWS.
Mosburger added that crews will perform “inspections of each property to ensure that no gas has migrated into any of these homes or businesses” in the area.
Emergency teams continue to work to assess the situation.
– with files from Andrew Graham of PKBNEWS.
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