Villagers evacuated after car hits gas pipe

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A WOMAN has been arrested following an incident in Newton of Falkland which led to the evacuation of 26 villagers in the early hours of Friday morning.

Fife Police have confirmed that the woman will face a number of driving charges after her car hit a gas supply pipe and caused a leak.

Fife Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and Transco all attended the incident, which happened at around 12.30am.

The vehicle struck the pipe at the home of Desi and Ernst Van Beusekom, proprietors of the Malt Barn Inn.

Mrs Van Beusekom (32) said: “I had just gone to bed when I heard a very strange scraping sound and several bangs.

“I saw the car hit some pots outside the Malt Barn Inn, which is about 50 yards from the house, then rip the gas pipe clean off.

“There was a tremendous hissing noise and an overwhelming smell of gas and I honestly thought the house was going to blow up.”

Mrs Van Beusekom said she got her 69-year-old husband and the couple’s Old English Sheepdog Buffy out of the house as quickly as she could before rousing her neighbours and calling the police.

“We opened up the Malt Barn Inn and everyone gathered there in their nightclothes,” she said.

“It was about 3am before everyone was allowed home.

“I’m just glad that I happened to be up later than usual as otherwise I might not have heard the hissing.

“It was a narrow squeak but apart from being tired no-one is any the worse for the experience.”