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Carlsberg gas leak death investigated

10 November 2016

One person has died following an ammonia gas leak at the Carlsberg facility in Northampton.

Only identified as a company employee in his 40s, it was further reported that a second person - a 51-year-old man - is also in a serious condition.

Production at the plant had been halted and the company stated that there had been "no risk" to members of the public beyond the immediate area of the plant, according to the BBC.

The leak occurred at the company's Bridge Street building, resulting in all staff being evacuated.

In addition to the two listed as dead and seriously injured, nine firefighters and two police officers were taken to hospital, but this was described as a precaution.

Carlsberg UK chief executive officer Julian Momen expressed the company's shock following the incident and said everything will be done to support those affected.

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of everyone working for us," he said.

"We are working closely with the authorities to investigate how this tragic incident occurred and we will be in a position to say more once a full investigation has been concluded," said Mr Momen.

Northamptonshire Police said it would now liaise with the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the cause of the incident.

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