Hazardous chemical spill at Tilbury

FIRE crews from across the county fought to contain an inflammable liquid spillage at Tilbury docks this afternoon.

Firefighters worked to contain 33,000 litres of volatile and flammable ethanol which was pouring from a container.

Crews reported that the leak came from a valve in the tank.

Firefighters laid out two foam jets as they worked to stop the leak.

Update 16:39hrs: Firefighters laid down a blanket of foam to prevent risk of ignition and contain the spilled ethanol while the
Port of London Authority brought a new container to decant the remainder of the liquid into.

The ethanol was safely moved to the secure container and is secure.

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