Firefighters called to leaking chemical drum in Costessey

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Firefighters called to leaking chemical drum in Costessey

10:30 26 October 2015

Lauren Cope1

Firefighters Called To Leaking Chemical Drum In Costessey

Emergency services at Ernest Gage Avenue after reports of a chemical incident.

PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

ARCHANT NORFOLK

Emergency services were called to a recycling centre at the Longwater junction in Costessey to investigate a leaking chemical drum this morning.

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A 25-litre drum which was leaking was confirmed to be non-hazardous, the manager of the recycling company, thought to be FCC Environment, said.

Four fire crews and an environmental protection unit from Sprowston were called to the scene on Ernest Gage Avenue just before 9.15am.

Shelley Dawson, who works for Eyre Group opposite where the chemical spill took place, said that a police officer came to their office at around 10am and told them to shut all doors and windows and to turn off their air conditioning unit.

They have been told not to leave the building.

Firefighters Called To Leaking Chemical Drum In CostesseyEmergency services at Ernest Gage Avenue after reports of a chemical incident. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

It s very quiet, she said.

Everybody is staying inside.

Staff in Lindab, which is next door to FCC, were also told to stay inside.

One building was evacuated but a police spokesperson said a wider evacuation was not thought to be needed.

A police cordon was in place at the exit of the roundabout off the Longwater retail park and Norfolk Police said they had eight units assisting with the incident.

The road re-opened at around 12.30pm.

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  1. ^ Lauren Cope (www.edp24.co.uk)
  2. ^ Norwich (www.edp24.co.uk)

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