Homes, businesses in Wheatley evacuated after hydrogen sulphide detector goes off

A potential gas leak once again has been detected in an area of Wheatley, Ont., which was evacuated for several weeks in June.

Area of southwestern Ontario community also shut down due to gas leak for weeks in June

Some buildings, including homes and businesses, were evacuated in Wheatley, Ont., last month due to a gas leak, and the area is affected again. (Sanjay Maru/CBC)

Concerns over a potential gas leak have once again prompted the evacuation of homes and buildings in Wheatley, Ont.

Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services said Monday morning that crews were responding after a hydrogen sulphide detector activated at 15 Erie St. N., where a leak that caused a state of emergency was reported last month.

"Homes [and] business in those areas are also being evacuated as a precaution. Investigations continue, please avoid the area," the fire service said in a tweet just before 10:30 a.m. ET Monday.

Erie Street is closed between Elm Street and Talbot Street, and Talbot is closed from Erie Street to Little Street.

A hazmat crew from Windsor is heading to the area, the fire service said.

A state of emergency was in effect from June 3 to June 26 after a leak of the highly toxic, flammable gas was identified in the building, which houses a restaurant.

Officials believed the gas may have been emanating from an abandoned well, but crews could not identify the source.

Gas hasn't been detected at the site since June 4, and following consultation with the provincial government, a decision was made to allow those who were ordered to leave the area to return.

About 27 people and a number of businesses were affected. Most were able to return by June 20.


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