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Chemical clean-up at laundry

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  12.07 PM 5 December, 2012

Location: District 15 News

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CFA will assist in the clean-up of chemicals which overheated and spilt at a commercial laundry at Ballarat this morning, 5 December.

Crews were called to the hazmat incident in Coronet Street, Wendouree just before 10.00am where two chemicals mixed and reacted by heating to high temperatures.

CFA District 15 Operations Manager Alfred Mason said as a result, the chemicals had boiled over and spilt on the ground.

“When crews arrived on scene they had to spray the containers to reduce the temperature,” he said.

“Now the incident is under control we will work with other agencies on scene to decide the most appropriate way to remove the chemicals.”

OM Mason said around 15 people had to be evacuated from the laundry as well as workers from neighbouring factories. He said no-one was injured but Ambulance was on scene.

The chemicals involved are believed to be formic acid and sodium hydroxide solution.

Police, Worksafe and EPA are assisting with Ballarat City Hazmat and three trucks from Ballarat City and Wendouree attending.

Last Updated: 05 December 2012