Toronto Fire Services respond to a natural gas leak at the corner of Bloor Street West and Howland Avenue.

Natural gas leak closes Bloor Street West

Tuesday evening rush hour disrupted, residents evacuated after vehicle hit gas meter

A Toronto Fire investigation into a natural gas leak closed part of Bloor Street West during Tuesday evening’s rush hour.

Toronto Fire responded to an incident about 5 p.m. and units placed caution tape around the area next to Home Hardware at the corner of Howland Avenue.

Police confirmed a vehicle struck a gas meter at the rear of a building near Bloor and Brunswick Avenue. The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital.

Police evacuated surrounding buildings and urged the public to avoid the area. Residents were asked to refrain from using lighters, matches and other flammable devices.

Bloor was closed in both directions from Albany to Brunswick Avenue, causing traffic disruptions as many began their evening commute home from work.

According to the Enbridge Gas website, “most often natural gas leaks are detected by smell. However, a hissing sound, damaged connection or dead or dying vegetation in the area around your natural gas meter, appliances or gas lines may also be signs of a leak.”

The incident has been contained.