NEWS IN BRIEF: Chemical alert for South Yorkshire postal staff

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A SPECIALIST decontamination vehicle accompanied fire crews to a South Yorkshire hospital after a chemical incident involving Royal Mail staff.

Four sorting office workers attended Doncaster Royal Infirmary A&E around 4am on Saturday after being contaminated with a chemical when a package burst open.

South Yorkshire Fire Service said the Royal Mail employees, two men and two women, suffered a burning sensation and reddening of the skin after the chemical leaked on to their hands.

The substance was identified as concentrated Cesium Hydroxide, a cleaning fluid often used in beauty salons and spas. It was found not to be harmful.

And in another unrelated incident fire crews were called to Gleadless Road in Sheffield where a car had been vandalised and attacked with an unidentified chemical.

A window on the vehicle was broken and fluid poured onto the drivers seat late on Friday night.

Police were investigating the chemical and events leading up to the incident.

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Studio blaze prompts investigation

AN investigation has been launched following a fire that ripped through a South Yorkshire dance studio.

Firemen are suspicious of the cause of the blaze at the Sidre Building, on Balby Road, after finding forced entry and more than one seat of fire.

Five fire appliances initially attended the incident, just after midnight on Sunday. Crew were on site for four hours.

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Basement fire drama halts traffic

A BUSY Sheffield street was sealed off yesterday afternoon when fire hit a Chinese restaurant.

Smoke was reported coming from the basement of The Noodle Inn, on London Road, just before 3pm.

Three fire engines and crews equipped with breathing apparatus rushed to the scene.

By 3.20pm the fire was dealt with but the road remained closed to traffic. No casualties were reported.

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Rider hurt in clash with sign

A SCOOTER owner was taken to hospital in Sheffield after his machine hit a sign on St Mary’s Gate, just off Bramall Lane, around dawn on Saturday.

The rider, believed to be in his mid 20s, was treated for injuries to a shoulder.