SFRS called to chemical incident in Dundee

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Crews responded to an incident at Halley Stevenson's fabricators in the city's Annfield Road this morning

SFRS name line on appliance

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to attend reports of a chemical spillage at a premise in Dundee earlier today (16 June 2015).

Crews were sent to Halley Stevenson's in the city's Annfield Road at 10.42am. Two appliances from Blackness Road, two from MacAlpine Road (including a Heavy Rescue unit), the environmental unit from Forfar and the DIM (Detection, Identification & Monitoring) Unit from Blackness Road attended.

Crews in breathing apparatus and gas tight suits were deployed following a spill at the premises of what SFRS soon identified as hydrochloric acid.

Firefighters ensured the building and surrounding premises were evacuated as a precaution and a roll call was taken to ensure everyone was accounted for.

Group Manager Martin Tait was at the scene and he said: "We arrived to find a container had been breached and that a chemical that we established was hydrochloric acid had produced a gas cloud.

"We evacuated the premises and other buildings nearby as a precaution and made sure everyone was accounted for.

"Three people were checked over by paramedics as a precaution. The gas cloud has now cleared and the area has been made safe. A cordon will remain at the premises until the area is cleaned.

"The leak is not affecting the environment and there is no risk to members of the public."

SFRS will soon hand the scene back to the owners of the site.