Council contractors blamed for major gas leak in Sheffield street

Hatfield House Lane is closed while engineers carry out repairs to a damaged gas main (Pic: BBC Radio Sheffield)
Hatfield House Lane is closed while engineers carry out repairs to a damaged gas main (Pic: BBC Radio Sheffield)

Council contractors carrying out road repairs in Sheffield caused a major gas leak in the early hours of this morning.

Contractors working on a city-wide road improvement programme damaged a gas main on Hatfield House Lane, Shiregreen, at around 3.40am.

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Residents were evacuated from their homes and offered emergency accommodation at Concord Sports Centre, where a number still remain today.

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Resurfacing work on Hatfield House Lane started last night and was due to be carried out between 7pm and 7am over six nights.

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A spokesman for gas network and gas emergency service Cadent said: "In the early hours of this morning third party contractors carrying out work to the road in Hatfield House Lane damaged one of our gas mains.

"We are currently on site and are doing all we can to resolve things as soon as possible.

"Hatfield House Lane and Winkley Terrace are currently closed and a number of properties have been evacuated as a precaution."

Sheffield Council has not yet provided a statement.