Residents Evacuated following Gas Pipe Fire
Residents were evacuated from their home after a fire broke out on a gas main pipe.
A crew from Basingstoke fire station was called to Speckled Wood Road, in Popley, at 10.55pm after receiving a call from a member of the public.
One property was evacuated and the gas supply to five other properties in the road was temporarily isolated as a precautionary measure, whilst the fire was contained and a team carried out a repair on the gas pipe.
Crew manager Ewan Ross told The Gazette: “It was a case of burning it off. It was left to burn as long as it was not threatening anything, until the gas company could shut it off.”
One property was evacuated and the gas supply to five other properties was temporarily isolated whilst the fire was contained, and a team carried out a repair on the gas pipe.
Around 40 homes had their electricity supply cut off at around 11pm after work to fix a fault on the local underground network caused the fire.
Gavin Steel, a spokesman for Southern Electric Power Distribution said: “A full investigation will be carried out so we can understand what happened and learn lessons from it.
“We would like to apologise to our customers and thank them for their patience during this time.”
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