Gas leak appears to have caused west end power cut

A gas leak appears to be the reason why the lights went out Tuesday afternoon for about 2,000 homes and businesses in an area straddling the Decarie Expressway.

The affected area takes in parts of St. Laurent, Town of Mount Royal, Cote des Neiges and NDG, and runs roughly parallel to, and just a little bit east of, the Decarie Expressway.

Fire officials say the leak was detected near the corner of Circle Rd. and Mira, just a few blocks south of the Snowdon metro station.

Hydro-Quebec says it expects the power back on by 5:45 p.m.