Families told to stay away from scene of Crawley gas leak

Families are being warned to stay away from the scene of a major gas leak in Crawley.

Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 12:09 pm

Crawley Borough Council issued the warning in a statement today following the leak at Milton Mount Flats in Pound Hill last night.

A spokesman said: “The leak was reported at 12.21am today (Wednesday 6 January) and declared as a major incident.

“A cordon was set up that included Milton Mount Community Centre and Ridleys Court.

Emergency services have declared a major incident in Crawley after 700 people were evacuated from a block of flats. Picture: Eddie Mitchell SUS-210601-083135001

“Residents were evacuated and have been placed in temporary accommodation around the town until the scene is made safe. No injuries have been reported.

“The leak has now been fixed and checks are ongoing to ensure that the building is safe.

“People are advised to stay away from the area for the time being.”

A multi-agency response saw Crawley Borough Council working with Sussex Police, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, West Sussex County Council and Southern Gas Network to resolve the incident.

Crawley Borough Council leader Peter Lamb said: “The council declared a local authority major incident, supported by all partners, in the early hours of this morning.

“Staff worked together to manage the safe evacuation of residents and to transport them into the temporary accommodation, which was arranged around the town.

“This is an unsettling time for Milton Mount residents and their families.

“They will be able to return to their homes as soon as it safe for them to do so.”

Milton Mount residents should call 01293 438758 with any questions.

Any non-residents with any concerns should call our Contact Centre on 01293 438000.