Residents back in homes after 45 properties evacuated in city centre due to gas leak

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Residents are now back into their homes after engineers fixed the leak.

Residents in the city centre who were evacuated due to a gas leak are back in their homes.

People from 45 homes were evacuated on the junction of Lady Lawson Street, Bread Street and West Port, on Saturday evening as engineering teams attended following reports of a ‘smell of gas’.

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Emergency services raced to the scene and set up a cordon with drivers having been urged to avoid the area and find alternative routes. A Police Scotland spokesman said residents had been evacuated ‘as a precaution’ and no one has been injured.

Residents back in homes after leak fixedResidents back in homes after leak fixed
Residents back in homes after leak fixed

Engineers worked overnight to complete repairs. The source of the leak has not been confirmed.

Scottish Gas Networks confirmed they are still working on Sunday, 24 September to identify the source. A temporary road closure has been put in place with a signed diversion.

A spokesperson for Scottish Gas Networks told the Evening News: “We attended West Port and Lady Lawson Street at teatime on Saturday 23 September following reports of a gas leak. As a precaution, approximately 45 properties were evacuated, with emergency services and the local authority providing support. We quickly identified the source of the leak and made safe. We continued to make our repairs overnight.”

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