Firefighters tackle chemical spill in Cambridge
PUBLISHED: 13:37 18 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:37 18 October 2016
A laboratory in Cambridge was decontaminated by firefighters after a chemical spillage.
Crews from Cambridge and St Neots, including the hazardous materials unit, were called to a lab in Lensfield Road shortly after 5pm.
About 1kg of phosphorous pentachloride had spilt, reacting with the air to give off hydrogen chloride gas.
Firefighters set up a decontamination area in the laboratory and wore gas-tight suits and breathing apparatus to help clear the materials and make the area safe.
Station Commander Paul Clarke, incident commander, said: “This was a particularly challenging incident because it was on the fourth floor of the laboratory and it was a particularly hazardous substance so safety was of prime importance. The tactical plan was agreed with the on-site specialists whose help was invaluable.”
Hydrochloric acid is harmful to the respiratory system and the eyes.
Firefighters were decontaminated at the scene and returned to their stations by 7.43pm.