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Gas leak at London Olympics swimming pool with unknown number of casualties

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Gas leak at London Olympics swimming pool with unknown number of casualties
Emergency services near the Aquatics Centre, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, following a gas-related incident causing the area to be evacuated and cordoned off. Picture date: Wednesday March 23, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ACCIDENT OlympicPark. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Ambulances descended on the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford, east London (Picture: PA)

The London Aquatics Centre has been evacuated after a ‘high quantity of chlorine gas’ was released at the Olympics swimming pool.

Around 200 people were rushed to safety as paramedics treated a number of patients with breathing difficulties.

The London Ambulance Service declared it a ‘major incident’ after sending at least a dozen ambulances to the Olympic Park in Stratford.

Pictures taken from surrounding high-rise buildings show a crew of firefighters preparing to enter the building.

The fire brigade confirmed the gas leak was due to a ‘chemical reaction’ and they urged local residents to close their doors and windows while the pool is ventilated.

Met Police officers were alerted shortly before 10am and cordoned off the entire area.

Release of gas at Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London 23.03.22 (Picture: Sky News)
Paramedics treat casualties for breathing difficulties outside the Olympics swimming pool (Picture: Sky News)
Emergency services near the Aquatics Centre, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, following a gas-related incident at the London Aquatics Centre, causing the area to be evacuated and cordoned off. Picture date: Wednesday March 23, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ACCIDENT OlympicPark. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A huge convoy of ambulances and fire engines responded to the major incident at the London Aquatics Centre (Picture: PA)
Release of gas at Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London 23.03.22 (Picture: Lydia Nicola)
Firefighters prepare to enter the Aquatics Centre following a gas leak (Picture: Lydia Nicola)
Firefighters outside the Aquatics Centre, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, following a gas-related incident at the London Aquatics Centre, causing the area to be evacuated and cordoned off. Picture date: Wednesday March 23, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ACCIDENT OlympicPark. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Firefighters evacuated 200 people from the London Aquatics Centre (Picture: PA)
Release of gas at Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London 23.03.22 (Picture: Lydia Nicola)
The London Ambulance Service declared a major incident in the Olympic Park (Picture: Lydia Nicola)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned people to avoid the area.

He said: ‘I remain in close contact with our emergency services who are dealing with a gas-related incident at the London Aquatics Centre this morning.

‘A number of people are being treated by London Ambulance Service. Please avoid the area which has been cordoned off and evacuated.’

A police spokesperson added: ‘Officers were alerted by London Fire Brigade at 9.53am to a leak of noxious fumes at the Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Park, E20.

‘Officers and London Ambulance Service have also attended the scene. A number of people have been evacuated from the premises.’

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