BREAKING NEWS: Ambulances arrive again at Carlsberg factory in Northampton

An ambulance leaves the Carlsberg factory in Northampton.
An ambulance leaves the Carlsberg factory in Northampton.
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Three ambulances have just entered the Carlsberg factory in Northampton and a path behind the brewery has been cordoned off as investigations continue into yesterday’s ammonia leak.

Northamptonshire Police says it has been continuing its “multi-agency” investigation at the factory today after the ammonia leak claimed the life of a man in his 40s and left a 51-year-old man in a critical condition yesterday.

An area in the forecourt at Carlsberg is cordoned off with cones.

An area in the forecourt at Carlsberg is cordoned off with cones.

Around 30 minutes ago, police cordoned off the pathway leading behind the factory, which runs alongside the River Nene.

Then, within minutes, three ambulances arrived at the plant, entering through the Western Wharf entrance.

A spokeswoman for East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “This is being treated as an ongoing incident and our HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) team are called as and when if it is felt their support is needed.”

Production has stopped at the factory today, though there are staff on the premises.

Areas within the factory forecourt appear cordoned off by cones, though it is not known whether these areas form part of the investigation.  

Yesterday 11 members of staff and a further 11 members of the emergency services were taken to hospital following the ammonia leak.

Speaking of the incident yesterday, Colin Wells, Serious Accident Investigator for Fire Brigades Union, said: “9 Firefighters attending the incident reported effects of ammonia inhalation, which would include symptoms such as respiratory disorders, tight chests, wheezing, headaches & sore eyes. This would feel like being hit by a brick wall effectively.”

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