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Cordon 'reduced' after city centre evacuation

A cordon surrounding a section of Queen Street following a suspected gas leak has been reduced.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to the city centre at 12.30pm after reports of a potential underground fault in a main utility line supplying the street.

Local shops were evacuated and the area was cordoned off to prevent public access into the area.

Wales and West Utilities say engineers discovered a fire on an electrical cable in the basement of a shop.

Fire officers remain at the scene as a precaution.

There has been disruption throughout the day but we have managed to keep that to a minimum. I’d like to thank the public and businesses in the area for their cooperation this afternoon. We evacuated the area for their safety and were able to implement it quickly with everybody’s full co-operation and understanding.”

– Superintendent Andy Valentine

Cardiff city centre evacuation: 'perfect storm' of gas leak and electrical fault

Fire officers and gas engineers were called to reports of a gas leak at WH Smith in Queen Street today.

Fire officers were called to reports of a gas leak Credit: ITV News

Cardiff's fire station commander Justin Jones said the combination of high gas readings and an electrical fault in the shop's basement caused a "perfect storm" and had to be dealt with immediately.

Parts of Queen Street were immediately evacuated including nearby shops.

The fire service says the cordon will remain in place for another few hours.

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Cardiff's Queen Street closed and shops evacuated

Emergency services are currently responding to reports of a gas leak in WH Smith in Cardiff City Centre. A large section of Queen Street has been cordoned off with shops evacuated.

A large section of Queen Street has been evacuated Credit: ITV News

It's reportedly causing "major confusion" among shoppers and office workers this lunchtime, with people told to avoid the area.

Two injured after vehicle 'hits building' in Cardiff

A car hit a building in the Adamsdown area of Cardiff. Credit: Google Maps

Firefighters say two people were taken to hospital after a vehicle hit a building in the Adamsdown area of Cardiff.

It happened in the early hours at Meteor Street. An investigation is underway and Meteor Street remains closed.

Man trapped for seven hours between wall and fence

The man was stuck between the fence and wall near the Fox and Hounds pub. Credit: Google

A man was rescued this morning by firefighters after being trapped between a wall and a fence for seven in Cardiff.

A South Wales Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said the man had been unable to free himself from the confined space, near the Fox and Hounds pub, until a crew used some small tools to free him.

We do not know how he got stuck.

The ambulance service was later in attendance and the man was taken to hospital.

– South Wales Fire and Rescue spokeswoman

It is believed the man is now being treated for a suspected broken leg and dehydration at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Man rescued after being stuck between wall and fence

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have rescued a man trapped in between a wall and a fence in Whitchurch for seven hours.

The man has been taken to hospital to be treated for dehydration and a suspected broken leg.

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Caravans destroyed in Cwmbran fire

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South Wales Fire and Rescue service says 18 caravans were destroyed and 13 others damaged in a fire this morning in Cwmbran.

Firefighters were called to Avondale Road shortly before 1am and spent over two hours at the scene.

Firefighters using golf to raise awareness of grass fires

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Firefighters are putting down their hoses and picking up their golf clubs to take part in an 'Urban Fire Golf' event to raise awareness of grass fires.

A conference was held in May to agree on new approach to help tackle the number of grassland fires that threatening communities across Wales.

As well as a television advert launched two months ago by all three of Wales' fire services to raise awareness of the dangers they can cause.

Children between the age of 8-14 will be able to get kitted out in fire fighters clothing and play on a specially designed golf course with their equipment.

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