Stowmarket: Fire Crews Attend Chemical Spill

12 January 2012, 16:30

Emergency teams are currently attending a chemical incident at PPG on Needham Road in Stowmarket.

45 firefighters are attending a chemical incident after thousands of litres of cleaning solvent leaked at PPG on Needham Road in Stowmarket, Suffolk. Crews from Stowmarket, Needham Market, Elmswell, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich East, Princes Street and Ixworth along with a command unit from Ixworth are in attendance.

In total there are nine fire appliances in attendance along with the command unit.

They were called just before 2pm this afternoon.

It's thought the solvent could be flammable so a foam blanket has been placed over the top of it.

Ten workers have been evacuated from the building and the surrounding area has been cordoned off and made safe from items that may cause fire.

A separate fire service employed by PPG, as well as a site chemist are also at the scene. The emergency planning team in Suffolk has also been notified about the incident. 

The leak is still contained on the site and it's thought crews could be at the scene for at least a few more hours, however, Heart's being told good progress is being made.

The incident commander, Area Commander Jon Cook, is keen to make the public aware that this incident is contained to the site and being closely monitored by the Fire Service and experts from PPG. There is no risk to the public or the local area.

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