The fire service has given several updates ring the day – the latest states:
“Staff have been returning to the building and firefighters are working with staff to ensure the building is safe for the business to return to normal.”
There is no visible sign of gas outside the premises and fire crews are satisfied that there is no risk to the public.
There is also no longer any signs of gas coming from the bulk container.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have begun ventilating the building.
“it has now been confirmed that the incident was caused by two chemicals being accidentally combined and creating gases.
The two chemicals are contained within a bulk container at the site.
The premises has been partially evacuated but no nearby premises have been evacuated.
A road closure has been put in place on North Road as emergency services work at the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the road.
Although there are not believed to be any wider risk to the public, some people living in the immediate vicinity are being asked to close their windows and doors as a precaution.”
Two firefighters wearing specialist gas tight suits have entered the building and are checking the temperature inside. Decontamination is now underway.
Previous report: Firefighters have been called to reports of an incident involving a liquid spillage at Vauxhall Motors Ltd on North Road in Ellesmere Port.
One crew from Deeside is assisting colleagues from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service who have six fire engines at the scene – two from Ellesmere Port, two from Northwich, one from Powey Lane and one from Crewe. One appliance from Merseyside is also in attendance.
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No casualties have been reported.
A spokesperson for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said:
“The incident is believed to involve two chemicals which have spilt.
An inner cordon has now been set up at the premise for safety.
Neighbouring properties are currently being evacuated as a precaution and police are in attendance.
Firefighters are currently liaising with on-site staff in dealing with the incident.
This incident will be updated as more information becomes available.”