[PHOTOS] Upper Town of Quebec: a trade evacuated for a gas leak

[PHOTOS] Haute-Ville de Québec: un commerce évacué pour une fuite de gaz

A gas leak shut down a sector of the Upper City over the noon hour on Monday, forcing the closure of the Honoré-Mercier avenue and the evacuation of a trade to close.

The incident was reported to firefighters at 11: 41 am. The leak has its origins in the work of excavation, during which an underground conduit was severed.

Twenty fire fighters raced to the avenue Honoré-Mercier, where converge the coast of Abraham, and the Dufferin-Montmorency highway.

The fire have confirmed the leak readings and the smell of gas. The closure of the sector was required, including a portion of the rue Saint-Jean. Water jets have been deployed to dissipate the volatile matter.

No one has been inconvenienced, but neighbouring buildings have been the subject of an order of confinement. The building housing the Coffee Saint-Jean, has had to be evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The sector has been closed to traffic for the duration of the operation. The leak was stopped by Énergir less than an hour after its outbreak.

Saint-Jean street and the avenue Honoré-Mercier have finally been reopened to 13 h.

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