May 21, 2014 7:17 am

Residents evacuated after car hits Charleswood home, cuts gas line

Firefighters evacuated homes around 783 Buckingham Rd. after a car rammed a home and a gas line was severed on Wednesday morning.

Shaun McLeod / Global News

WINNIPEG – Police and firefighters evacuated homes in Charleswood on Wednesday morning after a car rammed a home, cutting a gas line.

“This was strictly precautionary … in case there was an explosion,” said Capt. Lorne Heinrichs of Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic 18 Station.

Fire crews responded to a call to 783 Buckingham Rd. at about 4:30 a.m. and approximately 10 homes were evacuated. Residents were allowed to return home within an hour.

Firefighters evacuated homes around 783 Buckingham Rd. after a car rammed a home and a gas line was severed on Wednesday morning.

Shaun McLeod / Global News

“The meter was severed from the wall,” Heinrichs said. “We’ve managed to shut it off.”

Some elderly residents were placed in ambulances to keep them safe and warm, Heinrichs said.

Police are still at the scene, investigating what happened.

“It’s now a police matter.”

– With files from Shaun McLeod

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