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Chemical spill at factory in Lifton

60 members of staff at a factory at Lifton in Devon have had to be decontaminated following a spillage of a chemical, believed to be a small amount of nitric acid. Fire crews were called to the factory in Station Road at lunchtime today.

Several workers complained of sore throats and shortness of breath and eight people were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service say the road was closed for some time but there was no risk to members of the public

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