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Hazmat incident in Newcastle

Published: 20th September 2007

This morning firefighters were called to an incident in Argyle Street in Newcastle. On arrival fire crews from Newcastle and Hamilton were alerted to a pungent odour on the fifth level of the multi-storey building. The building was evacuated of 150 people and crews used gas detectors to try to identify the smell. Firefighters were able to determine that the smell was from a sealant that had been used in the building's air conditioning system. Fire crews continued to use the detectors to monitor the affected floors. Sixteen people were taken to hospital and when the gas detector readings indicated the atmosphere was clear the building was handed back to the owners.