Chemical scare at Watton firm

Seventy five people had to be evacuated from a company in Watton after a chemical incident yesterday morning.Fire appliances and the ambulance service were called to Bowes of Norfolk at 10am after reports of a leak on the premises.

Seventy five people had to be evacuated from a company in Watton after a chemical incident yesterday morning.

Fire appliances and the ambulance service were called to Bowes of Norfolk at 10am after reports of a leak on the premises.

Station manager Phill Berry said a cleaning fluid which had been used in a concentrated form had created a potentially dangerous chemical vapour.

“We had to evacuate the 75 people from the building and bring them out to safety as precautionary measure,” he said.


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“Some of them were beginning to feel quite dizzy, but once they got a bit of fresh air, they immediately started to feel better.

“The ambulance service assisted the people on the scene.”

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He added: “A cleaning fluid had been used in a concentrated form. This created a chemical vapour and we had to ventilate the premises to allow the fresh air to come in.”

Mr Berry said the incident was attended by four appliances and a chemical incident unit from Sprowston.

The incident was closed shortly before 12.30pm.

Last night Bowes of Norfolk were not available for comment.

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