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25/08/2015 15:05 BST | Updated 25/08/2015 15:59 BST

St Andrews, Fife Leisure Centre Chemical Leak, Casualties Reported

Emergency services are dealing with a chemical leak at a leisure centre in St Andrews, Fife, which has left more than a dozen visitors with a minor breathing irritation.

Reports say a number of ambulances are on the scene as well as more specialist emergency workers.

Three fire engines and more than a dozen ambulances were called to the scene at East Sands leisure centre in St Andrews, Fife, shortly after 1pm on Tuesday.

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East Sands Leisure Centre is in St Andrews, county of Fife

The chemical is thought to be sodium hypochlorite, used in disinfectants and cleaning products.

East Sands is a large leisure centre with a sloping beachside pool, tropical fun area, spa and gymnasium. The centre includes giant flumes and a wave pool.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said in a statement it is treating the situation as a "major incident". It said: "There are 16 casualties who are suffering from minor breathing irritation.

"SFRS committed three breathing apparatus teams in gas-tight suits to isolate the power in the plant room and search the building – all persons were accounted for.

"There are currently 13 SFRS appliances in attendance including five pumping appliances, a control unit, an emergency support unit and a hazardous materials appliance."