Fife Distillery Evacuated

Staff at a Diageo distillery in Fife have been evacuated as firefighters deal with a nitric acid spill at the site.

They were called to Diageo's Cameronbridge Distillery in Fife after a leak from a 28,000-litre tank.

Diageo said the plant has been safely shut down while emergency services tackle the incident.

Nearby residents have been advised to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution.

A chemical tanker from Glasgow has been sent to the site to pump out the affected area.

Fife Fire and Rescue Service said the alarm was raised at around 5.30am and three fire engines and a fire service decontamination unit were sent to the grain distillery, near Windygates.

A Diageo spokesman said, "There has been a chemical leak at our site in Cameronbridge, Fife, this morning caused by a leak in a process storage tank.

No one has been injured and the spillage is being contained safely with no environmental impact.

As a precaution all employees and contractors on site have been evacuated and as a safety measure residents in the immediate vicinity have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed.''

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