Dramatic images show engineers using drills to stop huge gas leak after hotel evacuated
The dramatic scenes were caught on camera in a series of startling pictures
Workers, wearing oxygen masks and ear defenders, drilled into the gas main as a plume of gas shot up over their heads. The dramatic scenes were caught on camera in a series of startling pictures. Emergency workers raced to make the urgent repair next to a hotel at Glasgow Airport, where guests had to be evacuated in the early hours of the morning.
Workers, wearing oxygen masks and ear defenders, drilled into the gas main as gas shot up
Around 200 guests were evacuated from the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at 2.45am and taken to a nearby Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn. St Andrews Drive at the airport was shut as emergency crews raced to stop the leak. Three fire engines and 12 gas vans were in attendance at the scene, just yards from the M8.
A spokesman for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said: “Gas engineers have traced the leak to a subterranean mains pipe and SFRS crews are standing by to assist while they work to isolate it.
Hundreds of guests were evacuated from the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at 2:45am
“Crews will continue to work with the other emergency services for the duration of the incident, which is likely to continue for some time.”
The M8 was shut by Police between junction 27 and junction 29, just before morning rush hour, but reopened just before 6.30am. Glasgow Airport remained open during the incident, but passengers traveling by road were advised to leave extra time to travel. There are no reports of any casualties.