Saturday 10 December 2016

Four people rushed to hospital after suspected chemical leak at water treatment plant

Aine Fox, Catherine Wylie and Georgina Stubbs

Published 02/09/2016 | 14:54

Four people have been taken to hospital after a suspected chemical leak at a water treatment plant.

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Emergency services were called to Biochemica UK in Teesside shortly before 11.30am on Friday.

They were taken to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties after the incident at the plant on the Cowpen Lane Industrial Estate in Billingham.

A spokeswoman from the North East Ambulance Service said the incident had been called through to it as potentially life threatening but on arrival at the scene it was believed this was no longer the case.

Two ambulances and two vehicles from the hazardous area response team were dispatched to the scene, which Cleveland Fire Brigade also attended.

The Health and Safety Executive said it was aware of the incident and it would be "making initial inquiries and will be visiting the site to conduct an investigation".

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said officers attended the scene amid reports of a "suspected chemical leak".

Station manager Ian Dixon, from Cleveland Fire Brigade, told the BBC that a chemical reaction had created a "very small gas cloud" but there were no off-site implications and that "it was a very small-scale incident".

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