UPDATE: Faulty fridge cause of Redbridge chemical scare

A leaking domestic fridge sparked a chemical scare in Redbridge this morning.

Firefighters were called to the building of veterinary charity PDSA in Woodford Bridge Road at 8.16am.

A smell of chemicals had been reported coming from the building.

Crews from Ilford Fire Station, a fire rescue unit from East Ham and a scientific support unit identified the smell as coming from a leaking domestic fridge.

The air in the building was tested, but there was found to be no “elevated reading”.


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Firefighters ventilated the building before leaving the scene shortly after 10am.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said three people were checked over at the scene but none required hospital treatment.

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