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Tillsonburg, Ont., residents return home after lightning strike on gas line forces evacuation

Tillsonburg, Ont., residents who were displaced after a lightning strike ruptured a gas pipe on Sunday have been allowed to return to their homes after about 60 were evacuated but no injuries were reported.

Police say no injuries reported after evacuation sending residents of 60 homes to community centre

OPP say lightning struck and ruptured a gas line that released a large amount of natural gas into several homes and underground sewer lines. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC)

Tillsonburg, Ont., residents who were displaced after a lightning strike ruptured a gas pipe on Sunday have been allowed to return to their homes after about 60 were evacuated but no injuries were reported.

"The natural gas is off. There's no gas leaking, so there's no safety concern," Andrea Stass, a spokesperson for Enbridge Gas, told CBC News. 

Emergency crews responded around 3 a.m. ET to a report of a lightning strike on Kara Lane in the town southeast of London.

Ontario Provincial Police said the lightning ruptured the line, releasing a large amount of natural gas into several homes and underground sewer lines.  

Those forced to leave their homes were moved to the Tillsonburg Community Centre, the OPP said.

No injuries have been reported, said Const. Ed Sanchuck in a Facebook Live post.

Enbridge Gas said although the evacuation order has been lifted, about 126 homes will remain without gas while the company repairs the damaged pipeline. It's estimated most homes will have their gas back by Sunday evening. 

OPP are warning drivers of the following roads closures in the area:

  • Francis Street at Tillson Avenue.
  • Kara Lane at Mary Street.
  • Peach Street at Magnolia Drive.

Police, the Tillsonburg Fire Department and Oxford County EMS remained on the scene Sunday.