St Paul's Cathedral evacuates due to a gas leak as 250 employees and visitors to the church and nearby businesses are told to leave while an 80-foot barrier is put in place
- 50 people were evacuated from St. Paul and 200 asked to leave nearby buildings
- The London Fire Brigade called to report that a gas pipe had entered a basement
- Two fire engines, two fire rescue units and auxiliary vehicles that were sent to the scene
- There was another gas leak two miles away on Regent Street today
St Paul's Cathedral was evacuated this afternoon following a gas leak that ordered 50 people to leave and another 200 ordered from surrounding buildings.
London Fire Brigade crews were called to reports of a gas line leaking into a basement of a restaurant and office building in St. Paul & # 39; s Churchyard.
Two fire engines, two fire rescue units and support vehicles were deployed on site after the brigade was called up at 1:20 p.m. and a 25 m long cordon was erected.
Meanwhile, another gas leak two miles away in stores on Regent Street – near Oxford Circus – in the West End was reported in a "separate incident," the brigade said.
In this incident, gas leaked into the basement of an adjacent area at 1:50 a.m., with city police evacuating around 150 people from buildings in the area.
The St. Paul leak meant Thameslink trains did not stop at City Thameslink station, while subways ran straight through St Paul station this afternoon.
Road Police Officer PC Harry Rance tweeted a picture of a cordoned off Ludgate Hill overlooking St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, saying "Major Road Closures"
Meanwhile, another gas leak two miles away in shops on Regent Street in the West End was reported in a "separate incident," the brigade said. In the picture: police chains at the crime scene
Emergency services at Oxford Circus in London closed due to a suspected gas leak
Early this morning, first grade students at Kew Green Preparatory School in West London attended St. Paul's for £ 18,000 a year after it reopened as the first school.
Keir Baker, who works for Morgan Lewis Law Firm, said, “We had to vacate our offices. The entire square around the cathedral is cordoned off by the police.
“I had to leave my laptop behind. I think it's 50/50 whether this is seen as a good excuse for not meeting today's deadlines. & # 39;
City of London Police initially announced that St Paul & # 39; s Churchyard and Creed Lane would be closed in both directions before another series of major closures were made.
Second gas leak in Regent Street, London
London Fire Brigade crews were also separately called today about a gas leak two miles away in shops on Regent Street in the West End after a gas pipe burst underground.
In the 1:50 p.m. incident, gas leaked into the basement of an adjacent building and city police evacuated about 150 people from nearby buildings.
There was a separate gas leak two miles away in the Regent Street stores today
As a precaution, a 50 m long barrier was installed, with two fire engines and two fire rescue units as well as additional support vehicles on site.
A police spokesman said: "The police were called to Regent Street at 1:48 pm on Tuesday, October 6th to report a gas leak.
Officers are on site and assist the London Fire Brigade with road closures.
Princes Street and Hanover Street have been evacuated as a precaution. There are road closures on Oxford Street, Regent Street and Great Marlborough Street.
& # 39; Please avoid the area. Incident in progress. & # 39;
These included Ludgate Hill from Ludgate Circus, New Change, New Bailey, Warwick Lane from Newgate Street, Paternoster Square, and Carter Lane.
A police spokesman said, “These closings will continue for some time. Please find alternative routes if possible. & # 39;
PC Harry Rance tweeted a picture of a locked Ludgate Hill and said, “Many streets around St. Pauls are closed because of a gas leak. Please avoid the area. & # 39;
The LFB said: “Firefighters have been called in to report a gas leak in a restaurant and office building in St. Pauls Churchyard. A gas pipe emerges in a cellar.
“Around 50 people were evacuated from St. Paul's Cathedral and around 200 people from business premises in the region.
& # 39; As a precaution, there is a 25-meter barrier. The brigade was called at 1:20 p.m. Two fire engines, two fire rescue units and escort vehicles are on site.
A spokesman for St. Paul's Cathedral said: “On October 6th, St. Paul's Cathedral and the surrounding area are currently closed to the public due to a gas leak.
The cathedral will be closed for tours and church services for the remainder of today's day, October 6th. The City of London Police and the London Fire Brigade are on site.
"October 6th ticket holders can use their ticket any day of the week until October 10th or postpone their ticket for a later date."
A cathedral dedicated to St. Paul has stood at the highest point in the city for more than 1,400 years. The current building is at least the fourth that stood on the site.
The current cathedral was the masterpiece of the architect Sir Christopher Wren, built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.
It was the first cathedral built after the English Reformation in the 16th century when King Henry VIII removed the Church of England from the authority of the Pope.
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