Crews spend hours capping major gas leak in Cote St. Luc

Crews with the gas company Energir spent much of Thursday morning and the early part of the afternoon dealing with a major gas leak in Cote St. Luc.

A six-inch steel pipe burst sometime before 8 a.m., near the corner of Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Rd. The leak was capped early in the afternoon, but not before several buildings in the vicinity were evacuated, and not before more than 10,000 homes and businesses in Cote St. Luc, Hampstead and parts of NDG lost power.

For a time, the fire department had feared that some of the gas had leaked underground, and seeped into some of the surrounding buildings.

While crews from Energir — what was once known as Gaz Metropolitain — worked on capping the leak, the intersection of Cavendish and Kildare was closed to traffic, as was the underpass on Cavendish leading into and out of Cote St. Luc from N.D.G.

Authorities had pleaded with motorists to avoid the area, saying curious onlookers were hampering the ability of emergency vehicles to get to the scene.

Power was finally restored to just about everyone in the affected area by early in the afternoon.