Published On: Wed, Aug 28th, 2019

Bournville gas leak: 800 people evacuated near Cadbury factory | UK | News

Fire crews have scrambled to the scene shortly after 2pm near Cadbury World.  Two fire engines from Kings Norton and Bournbrook as well as several gas engineers are currently at the scene. A West Midlands Fire Service spokeswoman said: “The suspected gas leak appears to be near Cadbury.

“We had a call at 14:15pm, and two crews from Kings Norton and Bournbrook were sent to the scene.

“We are currently awaiting the arrival of gas engineers.”

The fire service has since confirmed the gas leak is located off Bournville Lane but is not at the Cadbury World attraction.

The force told BirminghamLive: “Fire crews are at the site of a gas leak on the Cadbury site off Bournville Lane.

“It isn’t at the Cadbury World tourist attraction itself.”

The Birmingham Cadbury site owners Modelez International has confirmed a gas pipe has been damaged at the Bournville site by a third party operator.

A spokeswoman for the group has stated some staff in “close proximity to the incident” have been sent home as a precautionary measure.

Modelez Internation has confirmed Cadbury World remains open as it is located “further away from the incident”.

In a statement Modelez International said: “During routine work at our Bournville site, a third party operator damaged a gas pipe.

“The fire service and gas board are in attendance at the site to coordinate the repair and make sure the area is safe.

“As a precaution and on the advice of the emergency services, we have sent home some staff who were located in areas of the site that are in close proximity to the incident.”

It added: “We expect the issue to be fully resolved and normal service resumed by tomorrow.”

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