Families evacuated from exclusion zone after Essex gas main ruptures

PUBLISHED: 23:37 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 23:59 11 January 2018

FIrefighters were called to a gas leak in Thaxtead Road, near Wimbish. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

FIrefighters were called to a gas leak in Thaxtead Road, near Wimbish. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS


An exclusion zone was set up in an Essex village after a high pressure gas main ruptured – forcing 20 families out of their homes.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said the evacuation had been carried out as a precautionary measure this evening.

Firefighters were called to Thaxted Road, Wimbish, near Saffron Walden, at around 8.20pm – and immediately requested the gas board’s attendance to help with urgent repairs.

“A 150 metre exclusion zone involving 20 properties was set up, with residents evacuated to a nearby public house,” a fire service spokesman added.

Crews from Saffron Walden, Thaxted, Braintree and South Woodham Ferrers, attended with a hazardous materials apparatus and an all terrain vehicle.

At 11.45pm ECFRS confirmed the gas board had completed repair works by 10.30pm.

“The road was quickly re-opened and families were allowed to return to their homes,” a spokesman added.


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