Cardiff city centre evacuation

Parts of Cardiff city centre were cordoned off today following reports of a gas leak in WH Smith on Queen Street. Five fire trucks were sent to the scene with shops evacuated and people told to stay away.

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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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