Three homes evacuated in Chester-le-Street after gas leak

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Three homes had to be evacuated after a gas leak sparked a fire outside a Chester-le-Street property.

Firefighters were called to Second Avenue at 5pm, today, after reports of gas escaping from an outside meter.

Crews arrived to find a small fire had started.

Three homes were evacuated and the road closed for an hour, as a precaution, until the gas board arrived and shut off the supply.