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Elderly woman dies after gas leak in Hawick


An elderly woman has died and houses evacuated following a gas leak.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said a crew was asked to attend after there was a smell of gas at a property in Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

Firefighters set up a cordon and evacuated 10 people from nine houses in Fairhurst Drive at about 1.15pm.

A spokeswoman for the service said: "An investigation is ongoing into the cause of one fatality in one of the properties."

A Scotia Gas Networks spokeswoman said: "We were called out to a property in Hawick this afternoon by the emergency services.

"We were on site at 1.39pm and we capped off the internal supply at the gas meter."

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it had attended a house where a patient had a medical condition.