Warning following LPG leak
The incident was reported to Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) at around 2.25pm and fire engines from Leominster and Bromyard were sent to the incident.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet and a gas monitor as they approached the car and attempted to re-seal the leaking valve. They were unable to isolate the leak and so called for an Autogas engineer who provided a blank cap which firefighters in breathing apparatus then fitted to the vehicle. The car was then removed from the forecourt and taken to an Autogas garage for precautionary checks.
Station Commander Martin Lown from H&WFRS praised the staff at the garage for the way they handled the incident. He said: "On noticing the gas leak, they alerted the emergency services then evacuated the premises, isolated the power and set up a cordon. With these safety measures in place, firefighters could then get straight on with their attempts to stem the leak."
He confirmed that the stop message was given just before 4pm, with fire crews leaving the petrol station a few minutes later.
He also explained that H&WFRS is being called to more incidents involving LPG fuelled cars as the cars have become more common, and he urged all motorists using this type of vehicle to ensure they have the LPG system serviced regularly and that they use a fuel cap cover to prevent any dirt getting in, which can cause the valve to stick open and the gas to leak out.