POLICE and firefighters were at a school in Selsey after a ‘chemical incident’ this afternoon (April 8).
The emergency services arrived at The Academy, Selsey, at 1.30pm and evacuated staff after reports of a chemical spill at the site.
Sussex Police said: “A member of staff in the science block was affected by fumes created by a chemical leak.
“He was taken to hospital for a check-up. Other staff at the school were evacuated none of whom were affected.”
However, the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the staff member was not taken to hospital, but was given first aid as a precaution.
Group manager at West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Dave McMahon, was at the scene, and said: “We are at The Academy in Selsey after a small chemical spill where they store chemicals for the science lab.
“We think there might be a leak of some of the chemicals.
“There’s 150 different chemicals in there at the moment and we don’t know which ones [are spilt].
“Once we’ve identified which ones are leaking we will isolate them.”
He said there is ‘no threat’ to the area and the building had been evacuated.
School Lane was closed while the incident is being dealt with, but it has since been reopened.
The school was not open as children were on Easter holidays, but there were staff working in the building.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said no ‘major’ chemicals were found and the incident has been left with the school.