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Vet surgery evacuated after a ‘chemical incident’

A veterinary practice was evacuated after reports of ‘a strong smell of chemicals’.

Medivet on Springfield Road, Chelmsford, called the emergency service just before 11am yesterday.

Essex County Fire & Rescue service stated: “Firefighters were called to reports of a strong smell of chemicals at a veterinary practice in Chelmsford.

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“Three fire engines from Chelmsford and Great Baddow responded to the call along with the HAZMAT and DIM (Detection, Identification and Monitoring) vehicles with their support pumps and a number of specialist fire officers.

“All person and animal were evacuated from the property. Crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to carry out a search and investigate.

“The investigation was concluded that the smell was coming from some chemicals which are used by the practice in their day-to-day operations. Fire officers have given the property owners advice and left the scene in their care.”

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