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Man dies in brewery gas leak.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating an ammonia gas leak at Carlsberg’s Northampton brewery in which one person died.

In total, 22 people - 11 Carlsberg staff, two police officers and nine firefighters - were taken to hospital.

The man who died was a Carlsberg worker in his 40s, while the victim in a serious condition is a 51-year-old man. Carlsberg confirmed production at the plant ceased temporarily.

Chief executive officer of Carlsberg UK, Julian Momen,  said: "We are deeply, deeply saddened by today's tragic incident and subsequent fatality. Our immediate thoughts are with the individual's family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time and we will support them in every way we can."

In a joint statement, the emergency services earlier said the gas leak was confined to the Bridge Street site and staff were evacuated from the building.

Nine firefighters and two police officers were taken to hospital as a "precautionary measure".

Mr Momen added: "Our further thoughts and support are with our colleagues and members of the emergency services who are being treated in hospital.

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of everyone working for us. We are working closely with the authorities to investigate how this tragic incident occurred and we will be in a position to say more once a full investigation has been concluded."

Northamptonshire Police said six fire engines were called to the scene to "secure" the site, but that no cordons or road closures were set up.

The force said it would work with the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the incident.

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