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August 25, 2015

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Chemical incident at East Sands Leisure Centre

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has attended a major chemical incident at East Sands Leisure Centre in St Andrews.

19 casualties are suffering from minor breathing irritation after an incident involving the chemical sodium hypochlorite. There have been no fatalities.SFRS committed three breathing apparatus teams in gas-tight suits to isolate the power in the plant room and search the building – all persons were accounted for. 13 fire engines attended the centre, including five pumping appliances, a control unit, an emergency support unit and a hazardous materials appliance.

East Sands Leisure Centre said: “At approximately 1pm today, emergency services were called to East Sands Leisure Centre in St Andrews following a suspected chemical leak. All customers and staff were able to evacuate the building safely without assistance, however, 19 people, including two members of staff, were referred for medical assistance for minor breathing irritation.

“Emergency services and staff are still on site but all customers have left the area. The exact cause of the incident is still being investigated by the emergency services and there is no threat to the surrounding area.

“We will continue to work with emergency services and will keep customers updated as to the status of the centre via our website.”

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