By Terri-ann Williams For Mailonline
Published: 02:12 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 02:13 GMT, 2 December 2019
Thousands of people in Scotland could be without gas for days due to a mass mains failure which has seen more than eight thousand properties affected.
Due to safety concerns gas infrastructure company SGN said it will have to go door-to-door to turn off supplies in affected properties.
Engineers were visiting properties until 11pm last night and had managed to canvas around 1,000 households.
Temperatures in central Scotland will remain below zero over the coming days and many are concerned for the welfare of the elderly and vulnerable.
Gas engineers vans assisting with the distribution of heaters and hotplates at Camelon community centre, Falkirk
Eight thousand properties are affected, with Gas infrastructure company SGN saying it will have to go door-to-door to turn off supplies (workers boxing up heaters, above)
Today fourteen schools and education establishments will be closed across the Falkirk Council area.
Officials said they will be working closely with SGN to help those affected by the gas issues.
This is while SGN also claimed it would be providing electric heaters and cookers for those with young children, the elderly and the chronically sick.
In a statement, the company said a fault in a piece of equipment that regulates pressure in the gas network was to blame.
A van is seen parked up in the Falkirk area (above) as it does the rounds delivering heaters to those in need
A Fire & Rescue Service van