Tower Bridge chemical spill: Man treated by paramedics

Tower Bridge, leading into Tower Bridge Road where the chemical incident took place

A "chemical spill" saw 70 people evacuated in Tower Bridge Road on Wednesday (February 9) - Credit: Google Maps

A man was treated by paramedics and 70 people were evacuated from a block of flats during a chemical incident near Tower Bridge. 

Emergency services were called at 10.20am yesterday - February 9 - after the process of mixing chemicals for a swimming pool in the basement of a block of flats went wrong.

About 25 firefighters carried out a sweep of the mixed-use commercial and residential block in Tower Brigade Road where they found "elevated readings of chemical substances".

Crews evacuated about 70 people from the building and set up a 50-metre cordon as a precaution.

The incident lasted for nearly five hours, during which firefighters used specialist equipment to contain a chemical spill and ventilated the property.

One man was treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service (LAS) crews. 

A LAS spokesperson would not confirm what he was treated for.

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A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said gloves should always be worn when using cleaning products and that instructions for cleaning products and chemicals should always be followed carefully.

They added: "Don’t be tempted to mix them as it could produce hazardous fumes.

“Always keep them securely sealed and out of the reach of children.”