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West Springfield Crews Work to Decontaminate Chemical Spill


WSPFLD HAZMATWEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — West Springfield Police and Fire officials are responding to a “Tier 2″ hazmat situation at 214 Bliss Rd. in West Springfield.

Officials on scene said a truck pulled into the facility and a barrel that was carrying potentially hazardous material spilled over and was emitting a hazardous vapor.

The truck was carrying Sodium hypochlorite 12.5 percent, which is commonly known as super shock for a pool.

They have accessed the chemical and begun the decontamination process. Crews were taking turns entering the area where the spill was confined, trying to identify the chemical that spilled. A decontamination system was set up for the firefighters and their suits, after dealing with the hazmat situation.

West Springfield Hazmat Unit Chief, Tim Nelson, confirmed to ABC 40 that a hazmat team was dispatched to the address, which is a trucking facility. There were about 20 firefighters dispatched to the scene as well, as well as the Department of Environmental Protection and an ambulance on standby.

 

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