Chemical spill at Dale Farm dealt with

Published Sunday, 23 February 2014
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Firefighters have dealt with a toxic chemical incident at the Dale Farm factory in Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

Chemical spill at Dale Farm dealt with
Dale Farm in Co Tyrone. (© UTV)

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said up to 1,000 litres of the corrosive chemical were spilt outside the factory on the Moneymore Road just before 4pm on Saturday.

The factory was evacuated and people living nearby were asked to stay in their homes, due to a toxic cloud forming around the spill.

It took around four hours for the situation to be dealt with. The factory is now back to normal.

NIFRS district commander of Cookstown Andy Sinclair said: "We had 25 firefighters at the scene of this serious incident.

"Eight firefighters, wearing specialist suits, were tasked to specifically deal with the large spill. We were lucky that the wind was blowing in the right direction for us, otherwise we may have had to evacuate surrounding homes, due to the toxic nature of the gases."

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4 Comments
Food worker in Tyrobe wrote (184 days ago):
To John in Belfast, these type of chemicals are used in various food production factories for cleaning equipment
John in Belfast wrote (185 days ago):
Am... Quick question. What are corrosive chemicals doing at a dairy production outfit????
DESSY in cookstown wrote (185 days ago):
good work my our local firefighter .my god keep them all safe.
Danny in Ballymena wrote (185 days ago):
no use cryin over spilt milk
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