3500 homes in Clackmannanshire cut off from supply after gas leak

More than 3500 properties are without gas after a major leak which closed schools and roads in Clackmannanshire.

Fishcross and Clackmannan primary schools were cleared on Tuesday after a gas leak at around 1pm.

It is understood a farmer carrying out drainage work to the rear of Fishcross Primary School ruptured a gas pipe, causing gas to be released into the air.

Clackmannan Primary pupils who were not picked up were later allowed to return to school. It is not yet known when Fishcross Primary pupils will be able to return to school.

Roads in the area were also closed including the A908, B9140, B914 and the A91.

An estimated 3500 customers in the Dollar, Tillicoultry and Fishcross areas have been left without gas after the eight-inch gas pipe was ruptured.

Gas engineers have warned it could take a few days to restore supply to all the properties.

Scottish Gas Networks (SGN) are working with Central Scotland Police and Fire & Rescue to repair the damage.

An SGN spokeswoman said: "The situation is changing rapidly but at the moment we have around 3500 customers without gas in the area.

"We have engineers at the scene working on repairing the damage and we are contacting industrial customers to see if they can turn their gas off to allow us to continue to supply homes in the area.

"It is difficult to be exact as to when the pipe will be repaired but it could take several days. We would like to thank customers for their patience at this time."

Clackmannanshire Council chief executive Elaine McPherson, said: "We are working closing with all our partners to ensure people's safety and that the incident is managed efficiency."

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