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Firefighters called to chemical leak in Atherton

Borough: Wigan

Incident Date: 08 October 2015

FIREFIGHTERS are dealing with an incident in Atherton after a tank containing chemicals burst.

Three fire engines and an environmental protection unit from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were sent to Lansdowne Road in Atherton at 11.24am on Thursday, October 8, 2015, when the tank ruptured outside a house.

GMFRS Station Manager Ady Taylor, who is in charge of the incident, said: “We are dealing with an incident involving around 1,000 litres of kerosene that has soaked into the ground and surrounding area when the tank it was in burst.

“We are working closely with other organisations, including United Utilities and the local authority, to clean up the leak and keep people safe.

“Two homes have been evacuated on Lansdowne Road while the incident is being dealt with and our cordon means that people can’t access the road.”

We don’t believe there to be any injuries as a result of the incident. 

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:43
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