Leeds city centre apartment block evacuated after major water leak on Wellington Street

Residents in a 15 storey apartment block in Leeds are being rehoused after a major water leak.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 8:19 am
Updated Friday, 21st August 2020, 8:22 am
An apartment block on Wellington Street was evacuated after a major water leak. Photos credited to: Chrissie Lightfoot @TheNakedLawyer

Seven fire crews were called to the scene on Wellington Street at 4.50am on Friday, August 21.

The leak came from the main water system, which supplies 364 apartments.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) confirmed that 30 flats were badly affected.

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An apartment block on Wellington Street was evacuated after a major water leak. Photos credited to: Chrissie Lightfoot @TheNakedLawyer

The occupants will be rehoused.

A structural engineer has been called to inspect the integrity of the building due to the weight of the water.

A WYFRS service log said: "Make pumps 4 – Water leak coming from the main water supply into 15 storey apartment block containing 364 apartments.

"Approximately 30 flats badly affected and occupants will be rehoused by the property management company.

An apartment block on Wellington Street was evacuated after a major water leak. Photos credited to: Chrissie Lightfoot @TheNakedLawyer

"Structural engineer to inspect the integrity of the building due to the weight of the water. Salvage work carried out by fire crews

"Leeds, Hunslet, Killingbeck, Stanningley and Major Salvage Unit from Mirfield + pump, Logistic Support Unit from Odsal and Welfare Unit from Skelmanthorpe"

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