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Bristol leisure centre evacuated following ‘chemical leak’

Firefighters pictured outside Hengrove Leisure Centre in the south of Bristol.

A Bristol leisure centre has been evacuated following an on-site “chemical leak”.

More than fifty people were told to leave Hengrove Leisure Centre earlier this morning (Nov 15) following the leak in the centre’s plant room.

The incident - which is ongoing - was reported around 8.30am and triggered an immediate response from emergency services, including Avon Fire and Rescue, Avon and Somerset Police and Environmental Health.

No one was injured as a result of the leak though at least two people are understood to have self-presented at a nearby walk-in centre.

A further 22 people, which includes 20 members of staff and two customers, have been secured in the centre’s cafe while investigations are carried out.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Parkwood Community Leisure, who run the centre, said it will remain closed for the rest of today.

We can confirm that 36 customers and 20 members of staff were evacuated from the building earlier today (November 15) following a chemical leak in the centre’s plant room.

The incident occurred at 8.30am and detector alarms activated immediately. The evacuation was carried out in accordance with our safety procedures and no-one has required medical treatment.

There are currently four fire engines and an environmental health response unit on site.

On the advice of the fire officers, 20 members of staff and two customers currently remain in the centre café, which is a safe distance from the plant room.

The centre will remain closed today and we will advise customers when we know more about reopening.

– Parkwood Community Leisure spokesperson

A spokesperson for Avon Fire and Rescue Service confirmed firefighters are in attendance and are working to identify the cause of the leak.