Man suffers burns in ‘chemical incident’ in St Leonards

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A man has been rushed to hospital with burns after he came into contact with a corrosive substance in St Leonards this afternoon (July 14).

Three men were cleaning toilets in a building in Marine Court shortly after 4pm when they spilled five litres of the chemical potassium hydroxide, which is used to clean pipes.

The Kent Air Ambulance on the beach by Marine Court. Picture by Paul Ashton. SUS-160714-175404001

The Kent Air Ambulance on the beach by Marine Court. Picture by Paul Ashton. SUS-160714-175404001

Firefighters hosed one man down before he was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton by ambulance.

It is not yet known how serious the man’s injuries are.

Others on the scene are undergoing ‘decontamination procedures’ according to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

The incident has been reported to the Health and Safety Executive.

A man is taken to hospital following a chemical spill in a building in Marine Court. Picture by Paul Ashton. SUS-160714-175415001

A man is taken to hospital following a chemical spill in a building in Marine Court. Picture by Paul Ashton. SUS-160714-175415001

Sussex Police told the Observer that the building has been evacuated for safety reasons and a 25 metre cordon has been set up.

The emergency services, including firefighters from Hastings, Battle, Bexhill and Eastbourne, are still on the scene.

The Kent Air Ambulance was also scrambled and landed on the beach.

The road has been closed to traffic and long queues are building.

Emergency services at the scene of an incident in Marine Court. Photo by Charlotte Howard. SUS-160714-174213001

Emergency services at the scene of an incident in Marine Court. Photo by Charlotte Howard. SUS-160714-174213001

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

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The Kent Air Ambulance lands on the beach by Marine Court. Picture by Paul Ashton. SUS-160714-175425001

The Kent Air Ambulance lands on the beach by Marine Court. Picture by Paul Ashton. SUS-160714-175425001

Emergency services at Marine Court, St Leonards. SUS-160714-171353001

Emergency services at Marine Court, St Leonards. SUS-160714-171353001