19 people taken to hospital after chemical leak at Scottish leisure centre

East Sands Leisure Centre in St Andrews. Picture from Google Streetview
East Sands Leisure Centre in St Andrews. Picture from Google Streetview

NINETEEN people have been taken to hospital after a chemical leak at a Scottish leisure centre.

East Sands Leisure Centre in St Andrews, Fife, has been evacuated as fire and rescue crews attend the scene.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said they were called to reports of people showing symptoms of having been exposed to a chemical leak.

The Fire Service said about 19 people had been treated for “minor breathing irritation”.

Emergency services were called to the St Mary Street centre, which includes a leisure pool and gym, at around 1pm.

An ambulance spokesman said: “We are responding with multiple ambulances and a special operations team to reports of people showing symptoms of exposure to a chemical leak.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it has six appliances and a decontamination team at the scene.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “SFRS committed three breathing apparatus teams in gas-tight suits to isolate the power in the plant room and search the building. All persons were accounted for.

“There are currently 13 SFRS appliances in attendance including five pumping appliances, a control unit, an emergency support unit and a hazardous materials appliance.”

East Sands has a pool with flumes, a spa, gym and squash courts.

According to the pool timetable, an adult and child session is held between 10.30am and 11am on Tuesdays, with the facility open to the general public after that.

Pictures from the scene on social media showed a number of fire engines around the building with officers in chemical suits entering the building through a yellow tent erected at the main door to the centre.

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