Eleven members of staff have been injured following an ammonia leak at the Carlsberg factory in Northampton this afternoon, which has also seen firefighters rushed to hospital.
Six fire crews attended the factory in Bridge Street, along with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, East Midlands Ambulance Service, the Hazardous Area Response Team and Northamptonshire Police - including the Incident Command Unit.
All the emergency services were called to the factory, which employs hundreds of people, at 12.30pm today (Wednesday).
In the past few minutes Northamptonshire Police has reported the gas leak is confined to the Carlsberg site and the emergency services do not believe there to be any wider risk to members of the public, outside of the site.
Staff from within Carlsberg were evacuated.
Five people were taken to Northampton General Hospital for treatment and six people were taken to Milton Keynes hospital.
Eyewitnesses had reported seeing workers covering their mouths with tissues as they left the factory.
A police spokeswoman also confirmed nine firefighters and two police officers had to be taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.
A spokesman for Carlsberg UK said brewery employees were moved to a “safe space” to be checked over by medics.
He added: “Earlier today there was a safety incident within the Carlsberg UK brewery on Bridge Street, Northampton.
“At this stage the emergency services are on site and are managing the situation.
“We will provide further updates as soon as we are in position to do so.”
Witness, Emma Duckenfield told the Chronicle & Echo that she was heading to Argos at 1.45pm when she saw the helicopter “circle eight times before it landed.”
She said: “I saw one ambulance, six CID cars, one fire engine and a small fire truck.
“There was a pungent burning smell around the building.”
The air ambulance circled the area several times before landing near the factory.
A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We are currently on scene at an incident at the Carlsberg factory in Northampton.
“Our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), who have specialist training and equipment to deal with chemical related incidents, are at the scene with several of our Northampton ambulance crews who will remain there to assess patients and support police and fire.”
A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said it is liaising with emergency services at the scene, but currently does not have an inspector on site.
Vacela, a worker at St Peters Way car wash told the Chron that one ambulance left the building which he thought was heading to the hospital.