Firefighters respond to suspected ammonia leak at industrial unit

A number of fire crews from across Suffolk were alerted to reports of a 'hazardous materials'. Pictu

A number of fire crews from across Suffolk were alerted to reports of a 'hazardous materials'. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station - Credit: Archant

An industrial building had to be evacuated following a suspected ammonia leak.

The industrial building had to be evacuated this morning. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station

The industrial building had to be evacuated this morning. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station - Credit: Archant

A number of fire crews from across Suffolk were alerted to reports of a 'hazardous materials' incident at an industrial unit at Mobbs Way in Oulton.

Firefighters were called out at 7.48am on Wednesday, July 17 with 11 fire crews initially alerted, but six crews were stood down.

Five crews attended the scene with the incident "isolated" at 8.30am, according to a brigade spokesman.

The spokesman said: "Calls initially came in as a building fire and two appliances were mobilised.

Fire crews had left the scene by 9.27am. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station

Fire crews had left the scene by 9.27am. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station - Credit: Archant


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"The caller advised there was ammonia in the room and upon arrival of the initial appliances, watch commander Braim quickly put in an assistance message for full chemical attendance to be mobilised.

"The building was fully evacuated and crews were deployed wearing full gas tight suits, decontamination took place and the incident was dealt with promptly.

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"Incident was handed over to onsite management by the fire service."

Fire crews had left the scene by 9.27am.

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