Major ‘chemical incident’ in Uckfield

A major chemical incident is unfolding in Uckfield this morning (July 30).

Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 11:30 am
The incident in Uckfield
The incident in Uckfield

A multi-agency operation is underway following a suspected burglary at Parker Building Suppliers at the Bellbrook Industrial estate in Uckfield.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Police and South East Coast Ambulance were sent to the scene at 10am.

One witness said around 10 people were being ‘decontaminated’ by experts in full chemical suits.

The incident in Uckfield

A spokesperson for the fire service said specialists have been called in after an unknown substance was found covering the area to check if it could be harmful.

They said, “This is routine in these circumstances. A small number of people are being looked after by the HART team from SECAmb.”

Update: The fire service said just before 12pm it is standing down from the incident.

A statement on the ESFRS website said specialists checked the unknown substance which was found covering the area and it has been confirmed as non-corrosive.

The incident in Uckfield
The incident in Uckfield