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Children treated following chemical leak at leisure centre

Posted in: Gym & Leisure Centre Accidents Public Place Accidents 

A total of nineteen people, including five children, have been treated for breathing difficulties following a chemical leak in a Fife leisure centre. The leak happened at the East Sands centre at around midday on 25 August; emergency services were called directly to the scene. A number of casualties, including young children between 2 and 12, were taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, where they received emergency treatment.

The Scottish Fire Service said that they believed the casualties to have been exposed to the chemical sodium hypochlorite. NHS Tayside, however, confirmed that they had in fact been exposed to chlorine gas. All the patients were treated and discharged.

‘Breathing apparatus teams’

It was heard that a total of thirteen fire engines and fifty-five firefighters were sent to the scene, alongside a fleet of ambulances and specialist teams. A fire service spokesperson said that they used three breathing apparatus teams in sealed suits to isolate the power in the plant room and carry out a thorough inspection of the building. No other casualties were found during inspections.

A spokeswoman from the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust said that the exact cause of the incident was being investigated. She said: “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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