Homes cleared amid fears of a ‘major gas leak’ on street

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TWO South Yorkshire homes were evacuated in the middle of the night after a fears of a ‘major gas leak’.

Police and fire officers and staff from the National Grid were called to Newsam Road, Kilnhurst, Rotherham, at 10pm on Sunday.

Engineers worked through the night to fix the leak in a service pipe leading from the road to a block of houses.

Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, district commander for Rotherham, said on Twitter: “We are currently at Newsam Road, Kilnhurst, following report of major gas leak.

“National grid are in attendance and we are looking at potential evacuation.”

He added after midnight: “Only two addresses are required to be evacuated.

“Others are already empty.

“National Grid are confident there is not substantial threat of explosion.”

A National Grid spokeswoman said: “We were called to Newsam Road after a report of a smell of gas outside a property.

“We notified the police in case we had to enter one of the empty properties.

“There was an escape on the service pipe that comes into the building from the road. They worked through the night and left the site at 8am on Monday.”