Ninety-nine people were forced to leave their homes after a massive fire broke out when a main gas line caught fire in the wee hours of the morning.
Firefighters said they were called to a large fire in a Peterborough suburb at 12:31 p.m. this morning.
Crews discovered a large fire at a building in Hyholmes suburb of North Bretton that was affecting the gas supply.
Firefighters have installed reels to prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring properties, while a 100-meter cordon is in place.
No injuries have been reported – and the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed evacuees have been moved to a nearby performing arts theater as crews tackle the blaze.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) Group Commander Danny Kelly confirmed that fire engines remained at the scene of the ‘serious’ blaze almost six hours after their arrival.
Giving an update on Twitter, the Kelly Group Commander said this morning: “I am here in North Bretton, Peterborough, during a major incident involving a gas line that was ruptured.
“The fire department was called earlier this morning at 12:50 pm for what was believed to be a small fire in a garden.
“You can here in the background, it’s a pretty serious fire right now, and the fire departments are protecting surrounding properties.
“We evacuated around 80 people from the surrounding area and set up a 100-meter cordon which was made by our fellow police officers.
“I would ask people to stay away from the general area. There is a lot going on for us at the moment, but we can assure you that we are doing everything we can to resolve the incident as quickly as possible.
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He added that he had hoped that the gas would be cut off at 7:30 am, but that it was “an approximate time”.
Peterborough Police wrote on Facebook: ‘Officers are currently helping the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Services respond to a fire in Hyholmes, Bretton.
“A 120-meter cordon is in place and several properties have been evacuated as a precaution. Please avoid the area and keep windows and doors closed if you are nearby. “