Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Gas leak - four shops evacuated

Long Wyre Street, Colchester
13/02/2018 @ 09:54
Incident Number: 71982
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 1 x Wivenhoe

Firefighters were called to the scene of a gas leak in Colchester town centre this morning.

On arrival, crews reported that a fuseboard in a shop was smoking and immediately evacuated the premises, as well as three other adjacent stores, as a precaution.

Firefighters set up a 60-metre cordon while the area was made safe by the gas board.

At 11.30am, firefighters reported that the gas and electricity boards were both in attendance to assist them in making the scene safe.

Firefighters left the scene in the hands of the electricity board at 11.56am, after using thermal imaging cameras to ensure that were no hotspots in the area that could pose a risk.

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