Hundreds of workers were evacuated after a gas leak at the Mondelez works in Bournville this afternoon (Wednesday 28th August).

West Midlands firefighters from Bournbrook and Kings Norton attended after a gas pipe was believed to have been ruptured by a digger.

A fire service account tweeted that around 800 workers were evacuated as a precaution.

Engineers from emergency gas service Cadent attended to assess the damage and begin repairs. A spokesperson reassured that the situation was “under control”.

He said: “We are at the Cadbury’s Bournville site to support the emergency services in dealing with damage caused to a gas pipe. As the gas emergency service for the area, our engineers were quickly on scene to begin the process of making everything safe and carry out repairs to the damaged pipe. People were evacuated as a safety precaution, but everything is under control.”

Operations at Mondelez are expected to return to normal by tomorrow.

A spokesperson said: “During routine building work at our Bournville site a third party operator damaged a gas pipe. The fire service and gas board are in attendance at the site to coordinate the repair and make sure the area is safe.

“As a precaution, and on the advice of emergency services, we have sent home some staff who were located in areas of the site that are in close proximity to the incident. We expect the issue to be fully resolved and normal service resumed by tomorrow.”

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