UPDATE: Gas leak leads to home evacuations

London firefighters lay out hose after responding to a gas leak in the area of Donnybrook Rd. and Phillbrook Dr. Photo from Twitter @LdnOntFire

Several residents in a north London neighbourhood were forced to leave their homes following a natural gas leak Monday afternoon.

The London Fire Department responded to a gas leak in the area of Phillbrook Drive and Donnybrook Road on Monday afternoon. A decision was made to evacuate homes in the immediate area as a precaution. Enbridge Gas was called in to fix the leak.

As of 4:30 p.m., all gas had been shut off in the area and residents were allowed to return to their homes shortly after.

Road closures are expected to continue in the area until fire crews clear the scene.

The City of London released the following statement about the leak:

“The London Fire Department is on-scene at a natural gas leak on Philbrook Drive. Homes within a 100 meter perimeter around the leak have been evacuated. The perimeter has been established at Hastings Drive East to Stoneybrook Crescent and from Fanshawe Park Road to the north end of Phillbrook Drive near Repton Avenue. This area will be closed to traffic.

Union Gas/Enbridge Gas is on scene working to isolate the gas leak.

Parents picking up their children at Jack Chambers Public School will be able to access the school using Hastings Drive. City emergency officials are working with the school to ensure that students walking home in the area stay at the school.”