Two taken to hospital after cleaning products mixed

Redland Hill, Redland, Bristol

Two people have been taken to hospital suffering from the effects of exposure to chlorine gas.

Fire crews were called to the five storey block of flats after the male and female aged in their 20s were taken ill. It's thought they had been using two domestic cleaning products in a bathroom, which when mixed created chlorine gas.

Firefighters from Temple, Bedminster and a chemical unit from Patchway were called to the scene. The building was evacuated and around 25 people moved to a neighbouring block of flats as crews dealt with the incident. 

A team in breathing apparatus entered the flat and used water to dilute the chemicals. The property was then ventilated using a positive pressure ventilation fan. The two people who had been in the flat at the time were taken to hospital for monitoring.

Cleaning products should never be mixed and we would advise that manufacturer's guidance is always followed.