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Last updated: 02/02/2018, 1:39 PM

Strand – gas leak

23/01/2018 02:00
Westminster
Rescue

Firefighters assisted police at a ruptured gas main in Craven Street off Strand, WC2 this morning.

Fire crews used detection equipment and identified high levels of natural gas in the atmosphere. Around 1,450 people were evacuated from a nearby hotel and a nightclub.

The gas main was repaired by the gas authority and firefighters carried out further sweeps of the area and found no further high levels of gas.

Charing Cross station was closed while the Brigade and other partner agencies attended the scene. The cordons were lifted and the station reopened shortly before midday.

The Brigade was called at 0200 and the incident was over for firefighters at 1240. Two fire engines, two fire rescue units and around 20 firefighters are at the scene.