Chemical leak causes emergency evacuation of 900 people at London health club

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A 'chemical leak' has caused the emergency evacuation of around 900 people from a health club in London.

At least five fire engines and two ambulances attended the scene at Cabot Square in Canary Wharf just after 9am this morning (April 8), with crews discovering "elevated" levels of fumes in the building, My London reports.

In a brief statement London Fire Brigade said a "mix of chemicals" had caused "high levels of fumes and vapour" in the building.

It is unclear if anyone was injured in the incident, but the brigade said people have been evacuated as a precaution.

It posted on Twitter: "Firefighters have been called to a chemical incident at a health club in #CanaryWharf.

"Around 900 people have been evacuated as a precaution. Crews remain on scene."

Station Commander Dave Hill, who is at the scene, said: “Crews have carried out a sweep of the building and found elevated readings.

"Firefighters have ventilated the building and are monitoring the levels of fumes.

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“We have evacuated around 900 people from the building as a precaution."

Those evacuated were told it could take up to 90 minutes before they would be allowed to re-enter the building.

A wide cordon remains in place at Cabot Square, West India Avenue and North Colonnade, blocking access to the building itself and also to the immediate surrounding area.

At least 12 firefighters have been pictured at the scene.

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