Emergency services have been responding to a major gas leak next to Milton Mount Flats in Pound Hill this morning.
The leak was reported at 12.21am today (Wednesday 6 January) and declared as a major incident. A cordon was set up that included Milton Mount Community Centre and Ridleys Court.
Residents were evacuated and have been placed in temporary accommodation around the town until the scene is made safe. No injuries have been reported. The leak has now been fixed and checks are ongoing to ensure that the building is safe.
People are advised to stay away from the area for the time being.
A multi-agency response saw Crawley Borough Council working with Sussex Police, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, West Sussex County Council and Southern Gas Network to resolve the incident as quickly and safely as possible.
Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “The council declared a local authority major incident, supported by all partners, in the early hours of this morning.
“Staff worked together to manage the safe evacuation of residents and to transport them into the temporary accommodation, which was arranged around the town.
“This is an unsettling time for Milton Mount residents and their families. They will be able to return to their homes as soon as it safe for them to do so.”
If you have any concerns about anyone who lives in Milton Mount Flats please call 01293 438000.