Powys college students and staff evacuated after chemical spill

Newtown college students and staff were evacuated as a precaution following a chemical leak inside the building.

Firefighters were called to the NPTC campus in Llanidloes Road on Wednesday afternoon (September 21) following reports of a “chemical incident”.

NPTC said a chemical spill happened inside the campus’ engineering block which was reopened on Friday morning after it was cleaned by a specialist company on Thursday.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service released a statement, saying crews from Newtown and Montgomery were called to an incident at 3.51pm on Wednesday in Llanidloes Road, which involved a chemical leak in the engineering section of a college. “Protective cordons were put in place and the building evacuated as a precautionary measure,” a spokesperson for the fire service said. Crews used two sets of fire kit and two breathing apparatus to check inventory and make the building safe before leaving the scene at 6.14pm.

A spokeswoman for NPTC said: “Following the discovery of a chemical spill in the engineering department, a section of the college was evacuated as a precautionary measure and the emergency services attended the site.

“The engineering block was then closed to students and staff while the spill was cleaned up by a specialist company on Thursday morning. The work has now been completed and the engineering block will re-open Friday morning.”

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