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Ulster Hospital gas leak as digger hits main

Published 15/04/2016

The Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.
The Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

There has been a gas leak at the Ulster Hospital after a digger reportedly hit a main.

Police, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service  and gas service were called to the scene around 8.35am.

The leak has been described as minor and there was no need to evacuate.

It was quickly isolated and police left the scene at around 9.25am.

A spokeswoman from the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust said: "There was a gas leak at the Ulster Hospital this morning, on the construction site for the new Acute Services Block.

"It has now been isolated, with no danger to patients or staff and no need for evacuation.

"It happened around 8.30am when a digger hit a gas main, and a 50 metre exclusion zone was set up until the gas could be turned off.

"The nearby laundry was closed as a precaution, and ventilation was turned off inside some parts of the hospital for a short time, but the NI Fire and Rescue Service said there was no danger and the situation was resolved within 30 minutes."

A spokesman from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: “Two Fire Appliances from Knock Fire Station and one Fire Appliance from Newtownards Fire Station were deployed to the scene.

"A gas main is believed to have ruptured and a gas leak had been isolated in the area, with Firefighters using 2 gas monitors which detected zero readings in the area. No one was evacuated during the incident.

“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 9:31am and the incident has been passed through to on-site gas contractors who will continue to take readings in the area.”


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