Chemical spill blamed for animal deaths

Last updated 12:15 30/06/2012

Relevant offers

National

Live: Wild weather blasts NZ, cutting off thousands and bringing once-in-a-decade floods Two minor crashes in South Waikato Kids fight for Crohn’s and colitis sufferers Hopes dim for finding missing Auckland woman alive Backup called for Waikato house fire Huge oak tree uprooted and windows smashed in Auckland's wild weather Campaign to test foreign drivers seeks to decrease number of road deaths Three-vehicle crash injures four people south of Dunedin GCSB looking for workers at Waihopai Station surveillance facility outside Blenheim Technology takes school stationery list to the next level

Firefighters are working to contain an unidentified powdered chemical found in an Ashburton farm shed where a number of animals are dead.

The Fire Service were called to a Cochranes Rd rural property about 8.30am.

Shift manager Karl Patterson said there was a chemical spill from a "very old container", and the residents believed it was behind the death of several pigs and a cat.

"The situation was that there was a number of pigs that came in contact with the chemical in the last day," he said.

"The residents believe they have died as a result, and there was also a dead cat this morning. That was trigger point and that's when we got involved.

"That's obviously still to be confirmed, but that's their assumption."

Patterson said there was five fire trucks and a Hazardous Substances Unit from Timaru at the property.

"They are working to contain those chemicals and there are also carrying out precautionary decontamination with two members of the public."

He said no one has been evacuated yet, but the incident was being taken seriously.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content