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Factory workers flee acid blaze.

WORKERS at a Rugby company had to be evacuated when a bath of corrosive acid caught fire, sparking a major alert.

Firefighters from Rugby, Brinklow, Atherstone and Stratford were called to Blanc Aero, on the Butler's Leap industrial estate, at 10am yesterday after an acid bath, containing 150 litres of sodium hydroxide, caught fire.

Ten workers were evacuated from the site and firefighters wearing chemical protection suits and breathing apparatus, went inside.

Leading firefighter Andy Stock, of Rugby, said: "They used a large sheet of metal, to cover the bath and smother the flames.

"Then it was a case of waiting for it all to calm down and await specialist information from the company and our control room."

No-one was hurt in the incident.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 30, 2001
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