Firefighters arrive to spent motor oil blaze just in time.

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HMN-New Waverly firefighters arrived on scene in just enough time to see the relief valves start to spew during a fire that involved a spent motor oil carrying tanker.  The firefighters swift intervention prevented a much larger incident.  (ItemOnline) New Waverly firefighters helped thwart a potentially dangerous situation with a quick response time Tuesday. Members of the New Waverly Fire ...

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6 firefighters hospitalized after chemical fire in Huntsville

Chemical fire

HMN-6 firefighters were hospitalized after a chemical fire at a Huntsville metal plating business.     Air monitoring was performed and officials do not believe fumes affected anyone in the area.(Waaytv) A total of 8 people were taken to the hospital because of a chemical fire at a metal plating business in Huntsville. It happened on Orchard Street. Huntsville Fire Department ...

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5 TPD officers hospitalized after hazmat call

HMN-5 Toledo Police officers were hospitalized after a hazmat situation Tuesday night.  The officers were treated on scene before being transported. (Toledo Blade) Toledo police confirm at least five officers were treated at a hazmat situation late Tuesday night in the 300 block of Delaware Avenue, according to WTVG, Channel 13. A Toledo Fire and Rescue Department spokesman told 13abc ...

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Airliner diverted for due to unusual odor on board


HMN-A Spirit airlines flight bound for Fort Lauderdale was forced to make an emergency landing in Myrtle Beach after passengers became sick from an odor on board. The smell of “dirty socks” was cited as many were treated for different symptoms after landing. (Fox) Several passengers on a Spirit Airlines flight from New York to Florida had to be examined ...

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Pipeline flare collapse in Plaquemine Louisiana


HMN-A flare collapse on a Louisiana pipeline had fire and possibly fuel spreading across the ground on site. (WAFB) PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) – Authorities in Plaquemine responded to a fire on Sunday caused by a flare tower that collapsed at a pipeline plant. The Plaquemine Fire Department said the fire started at the Boardwalk plant at 11 a.m. The fire was ...

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DEQ & Hazmat respond to chemical fire at Danville plant

Chemical fire

HMN-One man was decontaminated after a chemical reaction boiled over during mixing.  (WSLS) A man had to strip his clothes to be decontaminated after a chemical fire at Cahill Manufacturing Co. in Danville. Firefighters responded to the plant around 2:20 p.m. Thursday. By the time they arrived, the fire was out but it was still producing smoke. People inside the ...

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Ferrous Chloride spill and big rig fire shut down I-49

Industrial fire

  HMN-A Semi carrying Ferrous Chloride shut down I-49 after catching fire.  The fire did result in some of the Ferrous Chloride to escape and burn. ( All lanes of I-49 were closed in both directions near Winslow due to a tractor trailer fire Wednesday afternoon. The tractor trailer was emitting hazardous chemicals, identified by the Arkansas Department of Transportation ...

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Formalin causes problems at UK hospital


HMN-Part of a UK hospital had to be evacuated after a Formalin spill was reported. (Get Surrey) A major incident was declared at East Surrey Hospital after a chemical leak prompted key departments to be shut down. Bosses have promised a “full investigation” into what caused the scare, late on Friday afternoon. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to ...

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Chemical spill possibly to blame for fish kill in Ireland


HMN-Investigators believe that a chemical, possibly and herbicide or pesticide, causes the fish kill. (Irish Times) Following a report by locals to Inland Fisheries Ireland, officers attended a site at Ballinahemery bridge, near Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co Tipperary and confirmed that a large fish kill had occurred on the Ollatrim river, a tributary of the Nenagh river. In total, 14,749 fish ...

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Technicians respond to water treatment facility fire

Chemical suicide

  HMN-Hazmat Technicians were requested to respond to a water treatment facility fire in Elgin, IL.  The fire is believed to have started when an electrical motor failed. (Chicago Tribune) A fire Friday night in a building with large quantities of chemicals at the city of Elgin’s water treatment facility was likely caused by an electrical motor failure, Elgin fire officials ...

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