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Firefighters stop chemical leak in Swinton

Borough: Salford

Incident Date: 12 August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have dealt with a chemical leak at a business in Swinton.

More than 60 firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were sent to Bolton Road at 9.52am on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 after reports of nitric acid seen leaking from a bulk container.

Crews entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and chemical protection suits and attempted to stop the leak using a sealant.

Watch Manager John Wildman, said: "We were initially faced with a bulk container which can hold up to one thousand litres of liquid.  The sealant we use called Damit Paste didn't work initially so the leak was stopped using an onsite spill kit.

"The crews worked extremely hard to get the leak contained, which was difficult whilst wearing breathing apparatus and the chemical protection suits."

Firefighters are currently soaking up the spillage by using absorbent pads.

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:35
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