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UPDATE: No Danger To Public From Substance Spill, Grange Road, West Kirby

Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Grange Road, West Kirby.
Firefighters have now left the scene where a substance had been spilt on the Wirral.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called to a disused workshop at 12.38pm on Tuesday, February 26, to a building in Grange Road, West Kirby, on the Wirral.

Two fire appliances were initially sent to the scene and it is thought an estimated five litres of the substance had spilt.

Two males were checked by paramedics at the scene.

Firefighters wearing gas tight suits entered the area of the spill as part of measures to identify the substance. Other specialist Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service officers were also sent to the scene.

Officers from the Detection, Identification and Monitoring (DIM) team, based at the Operational Resource Centre at Kirkdale Community Fire Station, investigated the substance.

Group Manager Chris Case said: “Our equipment showed there were no dangerous gases being released in the area or from the spilt substance. The substance has dissipated naturally and the cordon, which was put in place, has been lifted. There is no cause for concern for local people.

“Two specialist officers entered the area with gas monitoring equipment to help identify any risks from the substance.

“Adjoining premises were also evacuated as a precautionary measure. Everyone from businesses, local people and emergency services have been very co-operative and we are very thankful for that.”

The road was closed to allow emergency services to operate. Firefighters were finished at the scene by 3.34pm.

Two shops and pub were evacuated and residents in the nearby area were informed to keep windows and doors shut as a precaution.

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