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Dagenham chemical leak sparks police investigation after homes evacuated last night

PUBLISHED: 10:10 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 31 August 2017

Crews from Ilford, Bethnal Green and Lewisham attended the scene. PICTURE: Google Maps

Crews from Ilford, Bethnal Green and Lewisham attended the scene. PICTURE: Google Maps

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Firefighters and police were called to a chemical leak in Dagenham last night, spending almost three hours on the clean-up.

Twelve people were evacuated from nearby homes on Valence Avenue as a precautionary measure.

Police are investigating a container left in the street. Their enquiry is ongoing.

Residents report a large blue drum, which appeared on the road earlier this week, was the source of the leak.

One resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “The emergency services were brilliant - they did an excellent job.

“My husband saw smoke coming from a bin on the pavement and when we went out we saw liquid running out of this 25 litre container in an alleyway, which I presume had been dumped there.

“It was a bit of a shock but no one was hurt and everything has been cleared up now.”

Two fire engines from Ilford and a fire rescue unit from Bethnal Green and Lewisham attended the scene at 7.32pm and left at 10.14pm.


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