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.
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.
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.
Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.
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