Switzerland's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Gas leak empties P&G's Geneva offices

Share this article

Gas leak empties P&G's Geneva offices
P&G offices in Geneva. Photo: Procter & Gamble
23:40 CEST+02:00
A chemical leak forced the evacuation on Monday afternoon of around 1,200 employees of American multinational Procter & Gamble's European regional headquarters in Geneva.

One person was treated after inhaling a gas that emanated from the basement of the consumer goods company’s offices in the Geneva suburb of Petit Lancy, according to an online report from 20 Minutes.

“Two products had been mixed by accident in the basement of the building,” Nicolas Schumacher, captain of the Geneva fire and rescue service (SIS), told the newspaper.

“The chemical reaction generated gaseous chlorine.”

 SIS officials ordered the complete evacuation of the offices, which were emptied by 4.15pm.

Workers were not allowed to return to the building as fire fighters worked to neutralize the chemicals.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

VIDEO: Three surprising facts that will make you want to visit Malta

Game of Thrones has ended but it lives on in Malta! Find out how and learn two more unexpected facts about this little archipelago in the middle of the Med.