Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


20 families evacuated after gas main ruptured

Thaxted Road, Wimbish
11/01/2018 @ 20:22
Incident Number: 70148
In attendance: 2 x Saffron Walden, 1 x Thaxted, 2 x Braintree (1 x Hazmat Unit), 1 x South Woodham Ferrers (Pinzgauer)

20 families were evacuated from their homes by firefighters as a precautionary measure this evening after a vehicle reversed into a high pressure gas main, causing it to rupture.

On arrival, firefighters immediately requested the attendance of the Gas Board to assist with urgent repairs.

A 150 metre exclusion zone involving 20 properties was set up, with residents evacuated to a nearby public house and firefighters ensuring any open fires within the area were extinguished.

The Gas Board completed repair works by 10.30pm. The road was quickly re-opened and families were allowed to return to their homes.

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