Emergency services have given the all-clear for people to return to their homes after a gas leak in a suburb on the southside of Cork city.
The alarm was raised in Lisadell Estate off Maryborough Hill near Douglas at around 6.30pm after reports of a strong smell of gas close to the estate entrance.
Garda, several units of Cork City Fire Brigade and Gas Networks Ireland workers responded and the area was sealed off while the matter was investigated.
A total of 10 houses were evacuated while orders were given for other residents to stay indoors.
Lisadell Estate still cordoned off.. @CorkCityFire & @BordGaisEnergy dealing with the leak. A gas supply box was apparently struck accidentally by a reversing motorist. All residents safe. Extremely professional work by the services pic.twitter.com/gRrBYZpzL9— PJ Coogan #Cork4Zero (@pjcoogan) June 3, 2020
It was subsequently discovered that a car had struck a gas meter, damaging a supply pipe and causing the leak.
Gas company workers were able to close a valve, shut off the supply and arrange a temporary repair.
Checks were carried out on adjoining houses before the all-clear was given.