Man dies after chemical incident in home (UK)

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(Daily Mail)

A man in his 20s has died during a ‘chemicals incident’ at a house in Kenilworth this afternoon.

Emergency services were called just after 1.30pm and quickly sealed off the area around the house on Oaks Road.

Witnesses said officers and fire crews wearing hazmat suits went into the home and then tried to resuscitate the young man for 45 minutes.

However Inspector Warren Ayers from Warwickshire Police revealed the man was pronounced dead at the scene and his next of kin has been informed.

He added: ‘The death is not currently being treated as suspicious.

‘Due to an unidentified substance believed to be in the property, a specialist team attended the incident as a precautionary measure.

‘There is not believed to be a wider risk to the public. Thank you to everyone for their patience whilst road closures were in place.’

Witnesses said the man was carried out of the property and paramedics attempted to resuscitate him. A sheet was then placed over him.

Fire crews wearing masks and oxygen tanks were also seen leaving the terraced home to wash their equipment before returning inside.

One neighbour said: ‘There were nine ambulances at one point, as well as police and fire crews.

‘I saw them bringing a man from the house. They tried to resuscitate him for 45 minutes. He’s only a young lad – he rents the house. He can only be 24 or 25.

‘It doesn’t look good. Firemen wearing hazmat suits and oxygen canisters have been going in and out.

‘We’ve been told it’s something to do with chemicals but the police haven’t told us anything more than that.’

Warwickshire Police tweeted: ‘Emergency services are currently in attendance at a property on Oaks Road, Kenilworth, following a concern for welfare of a man.’

The cordon has now been lifted.

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