School evacuated in chemical leak drama

A SCHOOL has re-opened after pupils and teachers were evacuated following two separate suspected chemical leaks.

James Hore

A SCHOOL has re-opened after pupils and teachers were evacuated following two separate suspected chemical leaks.

Fire crews and paramedics were called to Great Bentley Primary School where it was believed that a sulphur-type substance had leaked in a classroom.

The school was evacuated and 30 children were assessed, along with adults at the school, but no-one on scene required hospital treatment following Monday's incident.


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But a few hours later, just before 1.30pm the ambulance service was once again on the scene, following reports that a vapour had leaked and the school was evacuated again.

Four adults - a man and three women - were taken to hospital for further care but were not described as seriously ill.

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Trevor Redburn, a manager with the East of England Ambulance Service, praised the school staff for their quick-thinking and diligence:

He said: “The evacuation went smoothly and the incident management went very well.

“We checked over about 10 adults, including the four who have been taken to hospital.”

The fire service later declared the scene as clear.

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