Breaking: Multiple casualties after chemical leak in Leicester

Breaking: Multiple casualties after chemical leak in Leicester.

Breaking: Multiple casualties after chemical leak in Leicester.

A CHEMICAL leak at a Leicester food manufacturer has forced multiple casualties to go to hospital, with local residents told to close all windows to avoid further injuries.

According to fire services, 23 people had to be treated for gas inhalation at the scene – seven people have been taken to hospital with a further 16 treated at the Bradgate Bakery in Madeline Road, Leicester.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to the scene of the incident at 8.32 am on Wednesday, December 22.

Numerous emergency services were deployed to the bakery, including six fire engines, a number of “chemical support vehicles”, four ambulance cares from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), five crewed ambulances and a hazardous area response team.

“We transported seven patients to Leicester Royal Infirmary and treated a further 16 patients at the scene,” an EMAS spokesperson said.

A fire service spokeswoman said crews remained at the site “to continue to monitor the situation”.

Bradgate Bakery is part of food manufacturer Samworth Brothers and makes sandwiches, salads and other chilled foods for supermarket giant Tesco, the BBC reports.

A Samworth Brothers spokesperson said: “We can confirm a chemical leak in one area of the Bradgate Bakery site was identified this morning and the emergency services were called.

“As the fire brigade has outlined, the incident has now been contained.

“We do not have any further information to release at the moment while investigations continue.”

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