Emergency services surround major road after reports of 'gas leak'

Knowsley Road in Bootle
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Emergency services surrounded a major road after reports of a possible gas leak.

Police and fire crews were on the scene in Knowsley Road, Bootle, just after 1.30pm today, June 10, to deal with the incident. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to a flat above a business after reports of a "strong smell of gas".

Fire crews used a gas monitor to investigate the incident and all gas readings were found to be at zero.

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A fire service spokesperson said: "Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended an incident on Knowsley Road, Bootle, on the afternoon of Monday 10th June. Crews were alerted at 13.25 and on scene at 13.33, with three fire engines attending.

"On arrival crews liaised with Merseyside Police following reports of a strong smell of gas. Natural ventilation took place and the gas to the premises was isolated.

"Fire Service personnel used a gas monitor to investigate with all readings at zero. Cadent arrived shortly after to carry out further checks.

"Crews investigated the flat above the commercial premises with readings at zero. Firefighters carried out a home fire safety check at the residence.

"Energy networks also arrived at scene to isolate the electricity at the shop. Crews handed over to Merseyside Police before leaving the scene at 14.16."

A spokesperson for Cadent, who manage Merseyside's local gas network, said: “We were asked to attend this incident to check over the gas supply and appliances, to make sure everything is safe – which it is. If you ever smell gas, act immediately and call the gas emergency service on 0800 111 999, day or night. All calls are recorded and may be monitored.”

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