Firemen in breathing apparatus deployed to a health centre yesterday after ammonia gas leaked from a fridge.

Epsom’s fire crews were called to the Tattenham Health Centre, in Tattenham Crescent, Epsom Downs, at 10am.

An Epsom firefighter said the leak had been caused by a pipe at the back of the fridge which had been corroded, and that the firemen removed the fridge from the centre and left it outside the premises.

He said: "They could just smell the ammonia and called us straight away.  They shut the door to the room the fridge was in.  We came in and removed the fridge using breathing apparatus.

"Ammonia could be an asphyxiant.  If you breathe it in you could pass out."

The fireman said the centre did not have to be evacuated.