Chemical leak in Ashbury near Faringdon leaves man in hospital

Chemical leak in Ashbury near Faringdon leaves man in hospital

Chemical leak in Ashbury near Faringdon leaves man in hospital

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FIREFIGHTERS were called after a hazardous chemical leaked as it was being delivered to a property in Ashbury, near Faringdon earlier today.

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to the incident just before 9am by the driver who was delivering the heavy duty acidic de-scaler.

Two fire engines from Faringdon and Wantage were sent to the scene with a specialist hazardous materials unit from Rewley Road Fire Station, Oxford.

It is believed the chemical leaked out through its packaging and gave off fumes which affected the delivery driver.

Fire crews identified the chemicals and then put them in a secure container ready for disposal.

One person who was affected by the chemicals was assessed by fire and rescue service and then taken to hospital by ambulance for a precautionary check.

Watch manager Matt Smith said: “Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service have specially trained staff that not only deal with fires and rescues but also deal with hazardous material incidents.

“Our specialist unit has equipment specifically designed to enable staff to detect and identify dangerous substances which enables casualties to be treated quickly and appropriately by medical staff and for us to make the incident safe.”

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