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Industrial firefighters put out vacuum fire

Industrial fire

HMN-Reuters reports that operations and responders at the Shell Deer Park refinery put out a fire at the plants vacuum unit. No injuries have been reported. HOUSTON (Reuters) – The largest crude distillation unit was shut on Thursday at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s 325,700 barrel-per-day (bpd) joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery by a fire on its vacuum unit, according to ...

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N.C. crews respond to vehicle fire with HAZMAT involved

Industrial fire

HMN- WLOS reports that crews are responding to a vehicle fire on I-40 that involves hazardous materials.  The vehicle contained chlorine and other corrosive cleaning materials. MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Crews are responding after a vehicle carrying cleaning materials caught fire along Interstate 40. McDowell County Emergency Services says they received a call at 9:47 a.m about a vehicle ...

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Banned pesticide causes evacuation of forest service station

Pesticide

HMN-HAZMAT units responded to a US forest service station in Porterville after a citizen brought in a banned pesticide known as Carbofuran.  The Visalia Times-Delta reports that the material was banned in the US in 2009. Hazmat crews responded to the U.S. Forest Service Station in Porterville on Tuesday. Crews were called just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a citizen ...

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5 hospitalized after chemical mixture near Disney World

Disney world

HMN-5 people were hospitalized, 1 of which for burns after a chemical mixture at a hotel near Walt Disney World.  WFTV reports that firefighters are calling the incident a chemical explosion. OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Five people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after chemicals were mixed at a hotel near Walt Disney World, Osceola County Fire Rescue said. One person was ...

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A dozen people hospitalized for CO exposure.

CO

HMN-A dozen people were hospitalized, including responders after a CO leak in a NJ home.  CBS reports that a man returned home to find everyone in his home unconscious.   MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A dozen people were exposed to toxic levels of carbon monoxide gas including first responders and good Samaritans who worked to save a family found ...

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Man rescued from sewer in Missouri

HAZMAT in a box: Unconscious man rescued from sewer. HMN-An unconscious man was rescued from an underground sewer with high H2S levels.  Fox 2 reports that it appears there was not sufficient ventilation in the confined space at the time. MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Fire and EMS are investigating after an unconscious man was rescued from an underground sewer Wednesday ...

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House explosion leaves one seriously injured.

Explosion

HMN-A house explosion leaves one woman seriously injured, and a home pieces.  Independent.co.uk reports that after the explosion a strong odor of gas was present. A woman has been seriously injured after an explosion destroyed a house in Sunderland. Fire crews pulled the woman from the rubble after the blast shook a street in the Ryhope area of the city ...

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Overturned tanker spills light crude oil in Bakersfield

Tanker

  HMN-Bakersfield Now reports that an overturned tanker posed a spill threat for hazmat responders.  Photos show product leaked from the tanker and towards drains in the area. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Police on Wednesday shut the area of Panama Lane and South Union Avenue off to traffic after a tanker truck overturned and started leaking a light crude oil. ...

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