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Over 100 taken ill after gas leak at German factory

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Over 100 taken ill after gas leak at German factory

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More than 100 people have suffered carbon dioxide poisoning after a gas leak at a paint factory in Germany.

Workers, fire officers and local residents were affected by dizziness and nausea. At least 16 people needed hospital treatment.

Emergency crews sealed off an area of a kilometre or so around the plant in the western city of Moenchengladbach. Those living nearby were told to keep their windows closed. Around 50 homes were evacuated.

Earlier, a small fire at the factory triggered an extinguishing system which uses carbon dioxide. A police spokesman said that a fault in the system was believed to have caused the leak.