Page last updated at 15:48 GMT, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 16:48 UK

Chemical leak tackled at airport

An investigation has begun into what is believed to have been a chemical leak at East Midlands Airport.

Emergency crews were called to a part of the airport owned by the delivery company DHL at 1015 BST on Tuesday.

The air ambulance was also dispatched on what was considered a "possible life- threatening situation".

The area was evacuated while about 20 fire officers dealt with the leak which is thought to have been a result of gas escaping from a refrigeration unit.

A spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance Service said people were treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries as a result of the gas seeping into the air conditioning system.

She added the call had been logged as category A - meaning the incident could have been immediately life-threatening.

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