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Leak repairs caused Gas Works fire

10 July 2012

Following the investigation it is now clear after examination of the scene, CCTV evidence and interviews with the gas company employees that Jersey Gas company operatives were repairing a gas leak on the side of the gas holder and during that process ignition of the leaking gas occurred.

The fire then developed into a substantial flaming fire which allowed rapid development of radiant heat to attack joints in the tank construction. This caused the joints to leak substantial amounts of gas to create a wall of fire.

The procedure for repairing a gas leak on the holder will be subject to further investigation by the Health and Safety Inspectorate.

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