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Gas leak prompts evacuation of east end houses, closes part of Gerrard Street East

A natural gas leak in Toronto’s Upper Beaches has prompted police and fire officials to evacuate a few houses and close part of Gerrard Street East.

No one has been injured.

Crews from Enbridge Gas are working to fix the natural gas pipeline after it was cut by construction workers digging on Gerrard Street East between Wayland and Malvern Avenues, east of Main Street.

Enbridge Gas said in a tweet that a third party damaged the pipeline in the area.

Capt. David Eckerman, spokesperson for Toronto Fire Service, said the construction crew cut a four inch main natural gas pipeline on city property. 

Hoses filled with water in case of spark

Toronto firefighters have hoses filled with water ready in case a spark ignites the gas, he said.

“Should it meet with a spark, we’ll have water already within our lines and we’ll be able to deal with that flame immediately,” he said.

At least three houses on Malvern Avenue south of Gerrard Street East have been evacuated.

Toronto Fire received a call about gas leak at 9:12 a.m. and notified Enbridge Gas, which arrived on scene at 9:51 a.m., Eckerman said.

Two firetrucks and eight firefighters are on the scene.

“Enbridge hasn’t completed the repair, but yes, it’s under control,” he said.

Gerrard Street East is closed from Osborne to Hannaford Avenue.

Const. David Hopkinson, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said the road closure is expected to last a few hours as crews repair the line.

CBC | Toronto News