Suburb’s gas leak lock-out
BUSY BELMONT BUSINESSES EVACUATED
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.
UNDER CONTROL: Fire fighters spray water at the scene of the Belmont gas leak as officers assess air quality.