Homes evacuated after 80 litres of petrol spilt in Leyland

Residents from eight houses in Leyland were evacuated yesterday, March 20, following a petrol spillage.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 1:53 pm

Approximately 80 litres of petrol had been spilt from a tank on Olympian Way yesterday, March 20.

Two fire engines from Leyland and Bamber Bridge were called to the incident at midday, where they had to evacuate eight nearby properties.

Firefighters used a ground monitor as a water spray to disperse the petrol.

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The Post understands that the Morrisons petrol station was closed as a result.

Manager Dave Paris closed off the petrol station yesterday and called the fire brigade due to the fire risk of the spillage.

In a public Facebook post, he said: "A customer had filled his car with LPG, his tank ruptured and the gas was leaking.

"Because it's under pressure and flammable, I took the decision to shut down and call the fire brigade.

The incident occurred on Olympian Way yesterday, March 20

"The problem was a little girl on a trampoline behind the station. They (fire service) wanted a 50 metre border around the customers car not including the store and to make sure the station was fully isolated."

A spokesperson for the LFRS said: "Two fire engines from Leyland and Bamber Bridge were called to a petrol spillage on Olympian Way, Leyland.

"Approximately 80 litres had been spilt from a tank and firefighters used a ground monitor as a water spray to disperse the petrol.

"Residents from eight nearby properties were evacuated whilst firefighters dealt with the incident."

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "A car had just filled up and was leaking fuel onto the floor. We had put a cordon round the petrol station while we dealt with it."

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