Chesterfield homes evacuated over explosion fears

A number of homes were evacuated in a Chesterfield street over fears of a gas explosion last night.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 8:53 am

Residents were asked to leave their homes in Hawksley Avenue as a precaution after a blaze broke out in a garage at around 8.45pm yesterday.

The garage contained a number of gas cylinders, which could have exploded.

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Residents have since been allowed back home and an investigation into the incident is to be carried out between Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service said: “All four cylinders have now been located and cooled down by firefighters so they no longer present a risk.

“Local residents are being allowed back into their homes.

“A joint fire investigation is under way.”

Posting on Facebook, Derbyshire resident Kim Shaw said: “Better to be safe than sorry, flames and smoke were sky high, well done to the emergency services.”