Chemical spill at Pennygillam Industrial Estate in Launceston
Cornwall Fire and Rescue has confirmed that there were 12 casualties originally reported, of which were four were confirmed and treated by ambulance personnel. Three were then decontaminated on site and discharged - one casualty has been taken to hospital.
The area around the spillage has now been treated and the area made safe.
Around 500 litres of a mystery chemical was spilled at a Launceston food company this morning, it has emerged.
The area around Kensey Foods, on the Pennygillam Industrial Estate, remains cordoned off following the spill, which was discovered at around 6am.
More than 40 firefighters from Launceston, Liskeard, Callington, St Austell and Saltash, as well as police and ambulance crews were called to the scene.
Three people were taken to hospital as a precaution – but understood to have since been discharged.
Police said they could not disclose the identity of the chemical at this stage.
A spokesperson for Kensey Foods said: “At about 6am this morning staff became aware of a small chemical spill…close to the waste processing area. The fire brigade were called and three people were taken to hospital for checks; I understand they have now been discharged.
“We have been working with the fire brigade to assess the situation. The incident was close to the waste processing area and not on the main bakery site.”
Some roads around the industrial estate have now re-opened as has the nearby household waste recycling centre.
A Cornwall Council spokesperson said: “A 50 metre cordon has been set up around the area and all roads to the industrial estate are closed.
“The incident is likely to continue for a number of hours and people are asked to stay away from the scene.”
The council also said that members of the public should still put their rubbish out as normal, as today is the day for waste collection in Launceston.
"The current closure of parts of the industrial estate following the chemical spill may mean that the items are collected later than usual but they will be collected during the day," the council said.
"The household waste recycling centre is currently closed and could remain closed for the rest of the say so please could residents either hold on to the material or take it to the household waste recycling centres in Bude, Connon Bridge or Bodmin."