Chlorine gas leak at hotel sees 24 rushed to hospital as fire crews scrambled

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A hotel chlorine gas leak has sent 24 guests to hospital after they inhaled the toxic fumes.

Emergency services were called to the Solent Hotel in Whiteley, Hampshire on Monday night after two chemicals were accidentally mixed, fire crews say.

Ambulances took 24 guests who felt overcome by the gas, to hospital for treatment.

A ventilation fan helped clear the hotel spa of the poisonous fumes while fire fighters tackled the chemicals.

Firefighters from Hightown, Fareham, Cosham, Portchester, St Mary’s and Romsey pulled together at the scene to remove all traces of the chemicals.

Also working to ensure all casualties were taken care of were paramedics and the Hazardous Area Response Team from South Central Ambulance Service, ITV Meridian reports.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service (HIWRS) were alerted to the incident at 8.44pm on Monday.

Station Manager Dave Graham said: "This was a large-scale incident with multiple people requiring medical treatment for the inhalation of gas.

"We worked well alongside our colleagues from SCAS and SCAS HART to make sure that everyone received the help they needed and to ensure that the scene was made safe.

"We handed the incident over to the hotel management."

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