Police and fire brigade called to reports of chemicals in West Hampstead

Police and the fire brigade responded to reports of a smell of chemicals. Photo: West Hampstead Life

Police and the fire brigade responded to reports of a smell of chemicals. Photo: West Hampstead Life - Credit: Archant

The emergency services were called to West End Lane after reports that there was a smell of chemicals this morning.

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West End Lane has been blocked off to the public and people have been pushed back, away from the scene, after reports of a chemical smell in a shop and the flats above on the street.

A spokesman for the fire brigade said that the service responded to reports that there was a chemical smell, and that their specialist teams took readings, but they did not find that they showed a high level of chemicals.

He said: “We got calls to reports of the smell of chemicals and we had crews down there who took a sweep of the premises, but we did not record any elevated readings.”

Ten people were evacuated when the fire brigade were called to a shop and the flats above at 9.54am and left at 11.20am.

The road remains cordoned off to cars and pedestrians.