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Warning over Diageo chemical spill in Fife

Workers have been evacuated and nearby residents warned to keep their windows and doors shut following a chemical spill at a distillery in Fife.

About 10,000 litres of Nitric acid leaked from a process storage tank at Diageo's Cameron Bridge plant between Windygates and Kirkcaldy at 05:30.

The firm said the spillage had now been contained safely with no environmental impact and no-one injured.

The plant has been safely shut down while emergency services monitor it.

A Diageo spokesman said: "As a precaution all employees and contractors on site have been evacuated and as a safety measure residents in the immediate vicinity have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

"The plant has been safely shut down while emergency services monitor the situation.

"We are now entering the clean up phase to safely remove the chemical spillage, estimated at 10,000 litres, which is an acid-based cleaning product widely used in the food and beverage industries."

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