Fire officials: 200-proof alcohol spill closes roads in Brookfield

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BROOKFIELD — A large hazmat spill in the Grays Bridge Road closed several roads Thursday afternoon.

Brookfield Fire Chief Andrew Ellis said he called the incident in after he saw a tanker leaking chemicals from a container a little after 2:30 p.m.

The leaking substance turned out to be 200-proof alcohol. About 100 gallons spilled on the road.

Ellis said the chemical container shifted in the truck and punctured on a support beam. The driver noticed the spill and immediately pulled over, the fire chief said.

Crews from the Danbury Fire Department and Stony Hill volunteer fire department in Bethel were called to the scene along with a chemical waste team from the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental protection.

Hawleyville Fire Company and the Bridgewater Fire Department were called for mutual aide.

Route 7 was briefly closed and later reopened.

One Danbury firefighter was transported to the hospital for evaluation, Ellis said.

As of about 9 p.m. Thursday, fire crews had cleared the scene, but the DEEP team remained on scene and would likely be there late into the night, Ellis said.

““Everybody did a good job, we utilized the state mutual aide teams,” he said. “It’s one of those low-frequency high-risk things that we train for.”

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