Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to gas leaks on King Edward Street and Rathgar Avenue

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to gas leaks on King Edward Street and Rathgar Avenue


Released: 3:20 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to two gas leaks on the morning of Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

King Edward Street

At 9:52 a.m., the WFPS received reports from Manitoba Hydro about a major gas leak in the 1800 block of King Edward Street. When crews arrived on scene, natural gas readings were found to be at high levels.

Crews evacuated one commercial building as a precaution. No injuries were reported. A Winnipeg Transit bus was provided as a temporary shelter for evacuees. The Winnipeg Police Service assisted with traffic control in the area.

Manitoba Hydro crews were already on scene. The gas is now safely ventilating into the atmosphere. WFPS crews departed the scene at 11:30 a.m. Roads are beginning to open, but southbound King Edward Street remains closed at Logan Avenue.

Rathgar Avenue

At 10:54 a.m., the WFPS responded to reports of a gas leak in a single-family home in the 600 block of Rathgar Avenue. When crews arrived on scene, natural gas could be heard coming from an area that was recently excavated.

In addition to the home where the gas leak occurred, crews evacuated three neighbouring homes as a precaution. No injuries were reported.

Manitoba Hydro crews responded and are working to stop the leak.

Residents are reminded of the following safety tips:

  • Signs of a natural gas leak include rotten egg smell, bubbles in a ditch or waterway, dirt being blown into the air, distinct patches of dead or discoloured vegetation, or a loud hissing noise.
  • If you suspect a natural gas leak, leave the area immediately and call 911, even if you think it’s minor.
  • Natural gas is flammable. Do not smoke, light matches or lighters, operate electrical switches, appliances, phones, vehicles or create any other source of ignition or sparks anywhere near a gas leak.
  • Ensure you have a home escape plan and that all members of your household are familiar with it.

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