Sécurité Incendie Montréal (SIM) have warned of a gas leak in the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood. The SIM warns that the leak may lead to power outages in the area.
The leak is occuring around the St-Patrick and Laprairie streets. The SIM recommends that people avoid the area until further notice.
Update: the gas leak is now under control.
TL;DR The SIM recommends that people avoid the St-Patrick and Laprairie intersection until further notice because of a gas leak. The SIM warns that power cuts may occur in the area as firefighters handle the leak.
Gas leaks are usually the result of poorly maintained appliances like ovens and boilers, or poor piping. In serious cases, gas leaks can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Sécurité Incendie Montréal (SIM) has issued a warning for people frequenting the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood to avoid the area around the St-Patrick and Laprairie streets.
The leak has caused some road closures. Rue St-Patrick is closed in both directions between Laprairie and Ropery.
The SIM is warning of possible power cuts as a result of this leak. As of right now, it appears that close to 1300 customers are without power because of this leak. Power is expected to be restored by 5:30 p.m. tonight.
This would not be the first power outage that Montreal has experienced in recent days. A massive freezing rain storm led to prolonged outages all around the city.
We will update this article as more information becomes available.