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UPDATE: Chemical alert after ‘unexplained’ death

By Bryan Armstrong and Joseph Gartly
Annan and Eskdale
UPDATE: Chemical alert after 'unexplained' death

AN AREA surrounding a cottage near Dumfries was sealed off on Friday following an ‘unexplained' death.


Emergency services attended at the Old Glen area near Terregles after the discovery of an unconscious man around midday.

Police, fire crews and ambulances were called out and a 100-metres exclusion zone placed around a farm cottage.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said later: “Emergency services attended and discovered the body of a man within. His death is currently being treated as unexplained.

“In addition, they came across a chemical spillage on the floor of the cottage.

“Enquiries are underway to establish the nature of the substance.”

A number of roads were closed for a period between Terregles Village and the Old Glen Road to allow emergency vehicles access to the location and the public were advised to avoid the area.

Eye-witnesses close-by described noticing several people wrapped in foil safety blankets during the early stages of the response.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews attended from near-by Dumfries.

An SFRS spokesman said a number of their units were called out at 1.18 pm to assist other emergency services.

They still remained at the scene at 4.45 pm.


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