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Homes and businesses evacuated due to gas leak in Hawthorn

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18 May 2017
Motorists are urged to avoid the area.

The MFB are in attendance at a large gas leak in a laneway off Church Street, Hawthorn between Grattan Street and Simpson Place. 

Crews were called to the incident at 10.13am.

At this time, Church St is still open to traffic but this will be reviewed as the incident progresses. 

Homes and businesses in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated and other nearby residents advised to remain indoors and keep their windows closed.

Gas company representatives are on scene but the incident may be protracted. 

MFB crews have established water sprays over the leak to help disperse the gas.

The incident has been deemed “under control” but motorists should avoid the area if possible.

2pm Update:

Gas company representatives from Multinet managed to stop the gas leak in a laneway off Church St, Hawthorn shortly after 13:30 (1:30 pm).  They used an excavator to dig up part of the laneway to expose the pipe approximately 5 metres away from the leak.  With the pipework exposed, they were then able to crimp the pipe to shut off the flow of gas.

MFB crews will be clearing the scene once it is confirmed the area is safe. 

 

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers:  3

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 12

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