School evacuated after chemical spill

Firefighters investiagting the cause of a chemical spill at Uplands Middle School.
Firefighters investiagting the cause of a chemical spill at Uplands Middle School.
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STAFF and pupils at a Sudbury school were evacuated earlier today as firefighters investigated a chemical spill in one of the classrooms.

Four crews from the town’s fire station were called to Uplands Middle School in York Road at around 9am after reports of a chemical smell coming from a science laboratory.

Firefighters immediately evacuated students and teachers from the building as they attempted to find the source of the spill.

Headteacher Helen Shield said: “The safety of the children is paramount and that is why we called in the experts.

“There was no risk to any of the students or staff as no-one was in the vicinity of the spill, but we had to take every precaution.”

Fire support commander Pat Dasey said the spill was contained by 12.50pm.

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