Gas leak discovered near Lau Pa Sat; food centre closed for 2 hours on Tuesday morning

A gas leak was discovered near Lau Pa Sat on Tuesday morning, forcing the food centre to be closed for two hours. Business resumed at 12.30pm after the Singapore Civil Defence Force gave the all clear. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
A gas leak was discovered near Lau Pa Sat on Tuesday morning, forcing the food centre to be closed for two hours. Business resumed at 12.30pm after the Singapore Civil Defence Force gave the all clear. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Boon Tat Street near Lau Pa Sat was cordoned off for two hours on Tuesday morning, after a gas leak was reported.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) confirmed that it received a call at 10.24am, and deployed a fire engine and one red rhino vehicle to the scene.

On arrival, the SCDF used gas detectors and traced the leakage to an underground gas pipe on Boon Tat Street. The gas valves have since been shut off by SP PowerGrid.

Commenting on the incident, SP PowerGrid said that a response team deployed to the site found that excavation works in the vicinity had damaged an underground gas pipe. It added that gas supply to the area was not affected, and repair works to the damaged pipe are currently in progress.

According to Kopitiam, which manages Lau Pa Sat, business was temporarily suspended on Tuesday morning as a precautionary measure. It said business resumed after the SCDF gave the all clear.

A section of Boon Tat Street, which had been cordoned off by the police on Tuesday morning, re-opened at noon.

The food centre in Singapore's Central Business District re-opened in July after being closed for nine months for a $4 million revamp.