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Brentwood and Wennington firefighters called to chemical explosion

PUBLISHED: 13:14 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:43 09 July 2013

Brentwood firefighters were called to a chemical explosion in Thurrock yesterday (Sunday).

Brentwood firefighters were called to a chemical explosion in Thurrock yesterday (Sunday).

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Local firefighters were called to an explosion at a chemical plant yesterday.

They were amongst 30 firefighters called to Stoneness Road, Thurrock, just after 9am following the explosion in a chemical subbing machine.

A rupture caused the leak of a chemical, believed to be chlorine, but it did not cause a fire.

One man suffered from inhaling the chemical, and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Firefighters had isolated the chemical supply and ventilated the room by 10.30am.

Crews from Brentwood, Wennington, Southend, Basildon and Grays attended.

Mark Turnbull, assistant divisional officer for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There had been an explosion which caused a chemical release. Although one man suffered the effects of inhalation the chemical there was no risk to anyone else in the surrounding area.

“Crews did an excellent job and it is thanks to them that this incident was resolved as quickly as it was.”

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