Seven people have been taken to hospital following a chemical incident at a factory in Tamworth.

Nearly 30 people were injured following an explosion in a freezer at Brakes Food Service, Bonehill Road, shortly before 11.50am today (Friday).
 
One man suffered 15% burns and was taken to hospital. The conditions of the remaining six taken to hospital were not known.

Five ambulances, the Hazardous Area Response Team and four non-emergency ambulances were among the services called to attend the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Initially, it was thought there may have been around thirty patients.

”The most seriously injured was a man in his 30s with 15% burns having been contaminated by the chemical involved. He was decontaminated with water by firefighters and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
 
“Four people who were feeling unwell and who were having difficulty breathing, were taken to Good Hope Hospital. Two others with more minor medical issues were taken to the Minor Injury Unit of the nearby Robert Peel Hospital for assessment.