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Emergency incident at Cardiff University confirmed to be chemical spill

A number of people are being checked by paramedics but there are no reports of serious injuries


A Cardiff University spokesperson has confirmed that today’s emergency incident was due to a chemical spill in the Main Building.

A university spokesperson said: “We are aware of a chemical spill in the University’s Main Building. This is a contained incident but the building has been evacuated and temporarily closed. Emergency services are currently on site. At this stage, there are no reported serious injuries or casualties reported.

“A small number of people are being checked by paramedics as a precautionary measure. Main Building will remain temporarily closed until we are confident there is no risk to health and safety. We will keep staff and students updated as more information becomes available.”

A number of fire engines, police cars, ambulances, and one chemical spill unit were seen at the scene.

A statement from the Wales Ambulance Service said: “We were called to an incident at Cardiff University at 11:20am this morning. We have deployed a rapid response vehicle, two emergency ambulances and are being supported by the Hazardous Area Rescue Team. This incident is currently ongoing.”

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Service also released a statement: “At approximately 11:13am on Tuesday 9 May 2023, we received reports of an incident on Park Place, Cardiff. Multiple crews are currently in attendance, alongside emergency service colleagues. This incident is ongoing.”

Park Place is now closed to both pedestrians and motorists whilst the authorities deal with the incident, according to South Wales Police’s Twitter.

It said: “Emergency services are dealing with an incident on Park Place, Cardiff. The road is closed between Museum Place and Cathays Terrace. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes where possible.”

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