Sub­urb’s gas leak lock-out


Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - ERIN PEAR­SON

A MA­JOR gas leak at Bel­mont yes­ter­day led to the evac­u­a­tion of nearby busi­nesses when an un­der­ground main rup­tured, caus­ing safety con­cerns.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the in­ter­sec­tion of High St and Mt Pleas­ant Rd, near the Bel­mont Den­tal Group, af­ter re­ports of a strong smell of gas, about 9.30am.

Fire of­fi­cers cor­doned off the nearby area, lock­ing down a 100sq m area to keep the pub­lic safe while the gas com­pany made the scene se­cure.

A CFA spokes­woman said six fire trucks were in­volved in the in­ci­dent and re­mained on the scene fore more than two hours. “The CFA cor­doned off an area of 100m by 100m and had water there to pre­vent any pos­si­ble ig­ni­tion,” she said. “An Ad­vice mes­sage was is­sued telling peo­ple in the area to keep their win­dows closed.”

Res­i­dents and shop­pers in a tri­an­gle area from Riverview Tce in the west to Bar­won Heads Rd in the east and Moora­bool St to the north were put on no­tice dur­ing the event in case any breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties arose.

Mt Pleas­ant Rd, which was closed be­tween Bar­won Heads Rd and High St, was ex­pected to re­main blocked off to traf­fic for some time af­ter gas work­ers were forced to dig up the road to reach the leak­ing pipes.

Spe­cial­ist CFA crews from Co­rio’s haz­mat unit also as­sisted, us­ing equip­ment to mon­i­tor the at­mos­phere dur­ing the two-hour leak.

Pic­ture: ALI­SON WYND

UN­DER CON­TROL: Fire fight­ers spray water at the scene of the Bel­mont gas leak as of­fi­cers as­sess air qual­ity.

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