Wollaton Estate in Nottinghamshire has been cordoned off as firefighters wearing breathing apparatus enter buildings. Two people are hospitalized with burns suspected of being caused by chemicals, and now emergency services are warning others to stay alert.
The Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said in a statement: ‘We advise people to stay away from the Nidderdale area in Wollaton, Nottingham as Highfields and Loughborough face an incident, alongside police, EMAS, the Environment Agency and Public Health England.
“It was after two people arrived at the hospital with burns. “
Superintendent Sukesh Verma of Nottinghamshire Police said: ‘We are currently assisting colleagues in the emergency services at an address in Nidderdale, after two people presented to hospital with suspected chemical injuries.
“Work is underway to assess the property and ensure there are no permanent issues.
“At the moment, we don’t think there is a risk to the general public.”
One resident estimated that around “40 to 50” police were present alone.
Denise Wilson, 67, said: “My daughter told me something was going on, but all buildings are alike.
“For me, you have to be careful if there are chemicals. There are children around.
« [I’ve] not seen an answer like this. Everyone is close too, so it’s more worrying. I heard someone say this morning that there were 40 to 50 police officers.
“I went to do my shopping this morning, I saw the police but no one stopped me.
“I was oblivious to what was going on and just thought it was something else.
“The community is very close together, everyone is nice to each other, so assume they will communicate with each other. You don’t hear of chemical burns, this is the first time I’ve heard of them, especially around here.
Steve Walton, 68, who is retired and lives in the area, said: “My son called me up and asked me if ‘everything is alright your end?’ because he had heard that something had happened on Nidderdale with a lot of emergency services so I thought I should walk around and take a look.
“It’s not affected where I live. “
When briefed on the incident, Mr. Walton added, “I’m still a little confused. You want a little more (information) when it’s at your doorstep. It seems like a major incident and now I think it might be a bit of a stretch. My mind feels a little more at ease. ”