The ammonia leak occurred on Friday afternoon at the Animex Foods meat processing plant in Starachowice. Senior captain Marcin Bajur, spokesman for the Świętokrzyskie fire brigade, informed that four people were given medical assistance and over 600 were evacuated.
A special chemical rescue unit of the State Fire Service from Skarżysko-Kamienna was called to the site.
“609 employees were evacuated. Four people complained of shortness of breath and scratchy throat,” senior captain Bajur said. He added that firefighters were also responsible for securing the scene. “They only work in the room where the leak occurred,” he said.
Some of the evacuated employees have already returned to their jobs.
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