Gas smell from sewer system evacuates 60 homes in central Hamilton – CBC.ca

Gas smell from sewer system evacuates 60 homes in central Hamilton - CBC.ca
Homes evacuated for hazmat situation in Hamilton
Deputy Fire Chief John Verbeek told CBC News the fire department was originally dispatched to 238 Mary St. for an odour investigation at about 9:56 a.m. Monday.

"Upon arrival firefighters noted a petroleum based smell at this address and a few additional addresses. At this time, the incident was upgraded to a hazmat response in order to bring some additional monitoring equipment to the scene," Verbeek said in an email.

Homes evacuated on Mary Street, from Barton to Cannon, for odour investigation

Verbeek said as a precaution, about 60 homes on Mary Street between Cannon Street and Barton Street were evacuated.

About 60 homes were evacuated on Mary Street Monday morning over the smell that the Hamilton Fire Department said was coming from the sewer system.

According to Verbeek, the odour appeared to be coming from the sewer system, but the source of the odour has not yet been determined.

Crews were originally dispatched just before 10 a.m. to 238 Mary St. for an odour investigation, Hamilton Fire Deputy Chief John Verbeek said.

"At this time the sewer system along Mary Street is being flushed and Hamilton firefighters remain on scene until this is completed," said Verbeek.

All properties between Cannon and Barton streets east were evacuated. Then crews narrowed down the smell as coming from the sewer system.

Roughly 60 homes on a central Hamilton street have been evacuated while fire crews investigate a hazmat call.

Hamilton firefighters were called to 238 Mary St. for reports of an odour shortly before 10 a.m. Monday morning.

Residents were forced to stay out of their homes until about 2 p.m. while the sewers were flushed and houses checked.

NEW | F19014408 | ODOURS | Loc: 238 MARY ST HAM @ ROBERT ST/BARTON ST E | Units: E11,R1 | 04/22/19 09:56

Hamilton Fire remained on scene until the flush was complete and all homes have been checked again, he said.

Upon arrival, the odour was discovered in a number of locations so the call was upgraded to a hazmat call, said Deputy Chief John Verbeek.

Verbeek says residents on Mary St. between Cannon and Barton streets have been evacuated as a precaution. The HSR has brought in buses to house the evacuated residents.

Verbeek says the odours appear to be coming from the sewer system and crews are currently working to flush out the lines. “Residents will remain out of their homes until the flushing of the sewer is complete and firefighters have checked all homes again,” he said.