A section of Southend Hospital has been closed as the emergency services deal with what is believed to be a suspected chemical incident.
In photos from the scene, Essex Fire & Rescue Service firefighters can be seen on the grounds of the hospital.
At least six fire engines were in attendance, as well as a fire command vehicle and a ‘ HAZMAT’ (Hazardous Materials) incident commander.
Firefighters were also seen wearing gas masks as they dealt with the incident.
The main entrance to the hospital has been shut as well as the back part of A&E.
An Essex Fire & Rescue Service HAZMAT commander was also at the scene | Image copyright: Emergency Services News
A spokesperson for Essex Fire & Rescue Service later confirmed:
“Firefighters are currently at the scene of a chemical spill at Southend Hospital after we were called at 3:27pm.
“On arrival, crews reported that there had been a disinfectant spill and are working with scientific advisors to make the scene safe.
“The area has been isolated while crews work to clean and dispose of the liquid.”
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