Gas leak disrupts travel plans

Nicole Mullin was packing her suitcases to escape the Toronto weather and head to Florida, when she was asked to evacuate her house due to a gas leak.

The gas leak happened around 3:45 pm Monday in a home near Dundas Street East and Broadview Avenue, across from Queen Alexandra Middle School.

“They were doing construction next door and they were underpinning and digging out the basement, to make a basement apartment, and then they jack-hammered on the gas pipe,” said Mullin, who lives on Dundas East.

She said she was “not too worried anything was going to happen” despite the evacuation.

“Police have evacuated 20 houses at the scene and luckily the school across the street was empty given the time,” 55 Division’s Staff Sergeant Todd Flanders said in a phone interview.

Firefighters were not able to turn off the gas because “the weather makes it difficult to go through the frozen ground and turn the valve off,” he said, adding Enbridge was called to the scene.

Meanwhile, Mullin passed the time at a local restaurant sipping beer with her house sitter, Leda Dedominicis, waiting for news to be able to go back to her house to finish packing.