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Emergency services remain on the scene after large chemical spillage at Haverhill factory




A major chemical leak at a Haverhill factory has resulted in the building being evacuated and routes leading to it being closed off.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service were called at 12.18pm to the report of a chemical incident at Cornelius Specialities, which produces chemical used in the contact lens industry, dental care, medical diagnostics and structural adhesives.

Rookwood Way is closed off following the chemical spillage (11070101)
Rookwood Way is closed off following the chemical spillage (11070101)

A spokesman for the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: "An approximately 8,000 litre tank has leaked onto the neighbouring path and road.

"The chemicals in the tank are part of a cleaning process and captured in a waste water tank therefore are heavily diluted.

"We are working with the environment agency, Anglian Water and onsite specialists to identify the size of the spillage and the impact on the local drainage system. The public hazard is extremely low.

Cornelius Specialities in Rookwood Way. Picture: Google Maps (11070094)
Cornelius Specialities in Rookwood Way. Picture: Google Maps (11070094)

"The building was evacuated and an emergency cordon put in place, please avoid area.

"One person at the scene has been treated by the ambulance service."

Crews from Woodbridge, Holbrook (3), Clare, Haverhill (2), Ixworth and Newmarket were in attendance, but that number has been reduced to four.

The incident is still ongoing and the entrances into Rookwood Way remain closed at its junction with Hollands Road and close to the Moon Hall Lane junction.



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