Two pest controllers have died following a “chemical spillage” at an industrial poultry farm in rural Norfolk.
Police were called to Banham Poultry, in Attleborough, at about 1.10am on Thursday following reports two people had been found dead.
The pair, aged in their 30s and 40s, are believed to be working for a subcontractor. Their next-of-kin have been made aware and police said specially-trained officers are providing support.
The fire service, police and the Health and Safety Executive remain at the site while an investigation takes place.
Banham Poultry’s site runs parallel to a railway line connecting the area to Cambridge. Train operator Greater Anglia said services would not be stopping at Attleborough station due to a “chemical spillage”.
Detective Chief Inspector Stu Chapman said: “On behalf of Norfolk Police and other emergency services, I offer my condolences to the friends and families of the men killed in this incident and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
It comes just a day after Banham Poultry announced it was up for sale, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.
The firm employs around 1,000 staff in Norfolk and is one of the county’s biggest employers.