Residents return to homes following natural gas leak in north London – The London Free Press

Residents return to homes following natural gas leak in north London - The London Free Press
Residents return home after evacuation due to gas leak
Residents of homes within 100 metres of the leak at 1563 Phillbrook Drive in Stoneybrook are being asked to leave, a spokesperson for the city of London says. (HEATHER RIVERS, The London Free Press)

More than a dozen homes in north London were evacuated for about 2 1/2 hours Monday afternoon after a construction crew hit a gas line.

Residents of 14 homes within 100 metres of the leak at 1563 Phillbrook Dr. in Stoneybrook were asked to leave while crews from Enbridge Gas worked to stop the leak and London firefighters monitored the situation.

Parents picking up their children at Jack Chambers Public School will be able to access the school using Hastings Drive. City emergency officials are working with the school to ensure that students walking home in the area stay at the school.”

The evacuation of the neighbourhood north of Fanshawe Park Road and east of Richmond Street began at about 2:30 p.m. and ended before 5 p.m.

The London Fire Department responded to a gas leak in the area of Phillbrook Drive and Donnybrook Road on Monday afternoon. A decision was made to evacuate homes in the immediate area as a precaution. Enbridge Gas was called in to fix the leak.

“Thanks to the residents for their patience and to our first responders for the quick work to address the situation,” the city of London tweeted.

Major natural gas leak on Phillbrook and evacuation on Donnybrook ⁦numerous road closures @LTCLdnOnt⁩ May be affected pic.twitter.com/rizf9bwK9q

“The fire department handled it very efficiently and the residents are being looked after,” she said while waiting on Fanshawe Park Road to return home.

Several residents in a north London neighbourhood were forced to leave their homes following a natural gas leak Monday afternoon.

The gas has been shut off and the area has been made safe at Phillbrook Ave in #LdnOnt. Pipeline repairs are now underway after being struck by third party construction. @CJBK @CityofLdnOnt @LdnOntFire @BlackburnLondon @lpsmediaoffice @AM980News

As of 4:30 p.m., all gas had been shut off in the area and residents were allowed to return to their homes shortly after.

A London transit bus was brought in to take displaced residents to Jack Chambers public school, said Richard Hayes, deputy fire chief of operations for the London fire department.

The gas has been shut off and the area has been made safe at Phillbrook Ave in #LdnOnt. Pipeline repairs are now underway after being struck by third party construction. @CJBK @CityofLdnOnt @LdnOntFire @BlackburnLondon @lpsmediaoffice @AM980News

Pupils at the school who walk home were kept at the school. Parents who picked up their children at the school were asked to used Hastings Drive.

The perimeter had been established at Hastings Drive east to Stoneybrook Crescent and from Fanshawe Park Road to the north end of Phillbrook Drive near Repton Avenue.

With the memory of the explosion last month in Old East Village following a gas leak fresh in their minds, fire crews were taking precautions, Hayes said.

The Fire Department said parents picking up their children at Jack Chambers Public School will be able to access the school using Hastings Drive.

London firefighters deploy hoses as a precaution following a natural gas leak north of Fanshawe Park Road. Some homes have been evacuated, the city of London said in a tweet. Supplied

The gas leak that forced dozens of homes in north London on Monday afternoon was caused by construction, according to officials.

The London fire department is on scene of a gas leak on Phillbrook Drive in London, Ont. on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. (Jim Knight / CTV London)

City emergency officials worked with the school to ensure that students walking home in the area stay at the school.

Residents on Philbrook Drive and surrounding area in north London returned to their homes about three hours after being evacuated due to a gas leak on Monday afternoon.

No injuries were been reported but emergency crews evacuated homes within a 100-meter perimeter around the leak.

Officials say a pipeline was struck by a third-party construction company, causing a natural gas leak.