Chemical leaks into Compton drains after industrial fire

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Industrial fire

HMN-Los Angeles County, and Long Beach fire crews battled an industrial fire in Compton that lead to 25 gallons of unknown chemicals into nearby storm drains.  Firefighters were decontaminated on site as a precaution. (Press Telegram)

COMPTON — County firefighters knocked down an industrial fire Sunday in Compton that leaked about 25 gallons of an unknown substance into storm drains, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire at a business building at 3000 Harcourt St. was reported at 5:45 p.m., said Dispatch Supervisor Michael Pittman.

The blaze was contained to the loading dock area, Pittman said.

As firefighters from the county and Long Beach battled the blaze, about 25 gallons of a hazardous material leaked into storm drains, Pittman continued. A county fire hazmat team was called to the site. As a precaution, the firefighters there were all decontaminated.

The blaze was extinguished about 6:50 p.m., Pittman said.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remained under investigation, he said.

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