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Chlorine Leak in Barrington, 8-4-19

Photos from Tim Olk at the scene of a 3-Alarm Haz Mat Alarm at 200 S. Hough Street in Barrington 8/4/19

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Hazardous Materials incident in Niles, 5-23-19

Excerpts from the Journal-Topics.com:

Niles firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 12:32 p.m. at the Microlink plant, 6457 Howard St., when they found a small fire in the northwest area of the building. Firefighters found that workers were cleaning a 30-gallon drum containing phosphorus at or near the area of the fire, causing phosphine gas to release from the drum. Phosphine gas is poisonous and an irritant if inhaled.

About 40 workers evacuated the plant when automated alarms in the building sounded. Although everyone from the plant had evacuated by the time firefighters arrived, several employees were unaccounted for causing firefighters to search the building. Those workers were later found safe outside the plant.

Several workers were evaluated, but none were transported to the hospital. Firefighters deployed hazardous material decontamination pools.

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Hazardous materials incident in Lincolnshire, 5-23-19

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

The Lincolnshire Police Department said officers responded to a community pool at 445 Village Green at about 2:20 p.m. for reports of two unresponsive teenagers. When officers arrived, they found the teens unconscious but breathing. They were taken to Lutheran General Hospital in serious condition.

The initial investigation suggested there was a chlorine gas leak or a carbon monoxide leak after servicing the pool earlier in the day. Firefighters and hazardous material teams focused on the clubhouse near the pool where the boy and girl were found. Some of them inhaled the poisonous fumes in the process. A total of 14 people ended up being transported to area hospitals for treatment: six police officers, four firefighters, and four civilians, including the two original victims.

Fire Chief Tom Krueger said two of the devices they use to measure hazardous materials at the pool were broken due to the high levels of poisonous gas in and around the clubhouse and pool. He said in his 19 years on the job he had never seen anything like that before.

Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Engine 52

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Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Ambulance 52

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Wauconda Fire District Squad 341

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Buffalo Grove FD Utility 26

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Tanker rollover with Hazmat in Des Plaines, 5-8-19 (more)

Here are some shots of the spill mitigation and uprighting of the tanker from the Tanker rollover with Hazmat in Des Plaines, 5-8-19

Overturned tanker truck uprighted by Schmitt's Truck Repair

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plugs in tanker to stop leaks

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Overturned tanker truck uprighted by Schmitt's Truck Repair

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Overturned tanker truck uprighted by Schmitt's Truck Repair

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Level II Haz Mat in Aurora, 6/3/17

This from Dave Weaver:

6/3/17 AURORA – Level II HazMat (Internal) Hydrochoric acid leak Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center 828 Montgomery Rd. – Video by Dave Weaver

At 6:17 p.m. on 6-3-17 the Aurora Fire Department responded to a hazardous material incident in the 800 block of Montgomery Road. Upon arrival firefighters found an unknown substance leaking from a small out-building next to the main pump house for the aquatic center. The incident was escalated to a Level II Hazardous Material Response which brought the Aurora Fire Department Hazardous Material Team to the scene. Upon investigation it was determined that the substance was hydrochloric acid, a chemical used to raise the pH of water in swimming pools. It was estimated that between 5 to 10 gallons of product leaked from a 30-gallon poly tank. The leak was noticed by an employee and 911 was called immediately. There were patrons swimming at the facility at the time of the incident and they were quickly evacuated by employees before the fire department arrival without incident. The hazardous materials team used sodium bicarbonate to neutralize the product rendering it safe for cleanup. The cause of the leak was due to a 500-gallon poly tank that was filled the day before. It is uncertain why, however the 500-gallon poly tank started to backfill with water from a pool water line and started to push product into the 30-gallon poly tank which resulted in it spilling over. At this time there is no specified dollar loss for this incident and there were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.

SOURCE: Capt. Jim Rhodes, Public Information Officer, Aurora FD

 

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Chicago Haz Mat Level I, 7-24-16

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Chicago Fire Department Level 1 Haz-Mat car vs semi with saddle tank diesel leak – Firefighters responded to West 103rd Street for a truck leaking diesel fuel in the sewers. Temps were 115 with the heat index.

Chicago FD haz mat techs clean diesel fuel spill from ruptured saddle tank

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Chicago FD haz mat techs clean diesel fuel spill from ruptured saddle tank

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Chicago FD haz mat techs clean diesel fuel spill from ruptured saddle tank

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Chicago FD haz mat techs clean diesel fuel spill from ruptured saddle tank

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Chicago FD haz mat techs clean diesel fuel spill from ruptured saddle tank

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Chicago FD haz mat techs clean diesel fuel spill from ruptured saddle tank

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Chicago FD haz mat techs clean diesel fuel spill from ruptured saddle tank

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Chicago FD haz mat techs clean diesel fuel spill from ruptured saddle tank

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Chicago FD haz mat techs clean diesel fuel spill from ruptured saddle tank

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Chicago FD haz mat techs clean diesel fuel spill from ruptured saddle tank

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Chicago Haz Mat Level 2, 6-14-16

CFD worked a Haz Mat Level 2 on just after noon Tuesday (6/14/16) in the Loop near State Street and Madison Street for a 4″ gas main that was hit by a construction crew. Reportedly it was an old line that was no longer being used.

firefighters work at gas main break in Chicago Loop

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firefighters work at gas main break in Chicago Loop

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firefighters work at gas main break in Chicago Loop

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Chicago FD MVU on scene

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2 dead and 5 injured at haz mat incident near Des Plaines 8-27-15 (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The two people who died in a hazardous materials emergency near Des Plaines have been identified as two men, one 83 and the other 53, authorities said Friday morning.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office listed their names as Hong Kyqkim, 53, and John Tae Kim, 83. They both lived in the townhouse in the 9400 block of Harrison Street where the emergency was called around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

A woman in the home was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and four sheriff’s deputies who responded to the call experienced respiratory “difficulties” and were treated at a hospital and released, authorities said.

A relative of the victims called 911 to report three people in distress Thursday afternoon. The two men were dead on the scene, according to Richard Dobrowski, chief of the North Maine Fire Protection District.

The woman in the home was listed in critical condition Thursday night, according to a sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

Authorities evacuated the townhouse complex but later allowed most residents to return and reopened the area to traffic. The complex is near Potter Road in unincorporated Maine Township, near Apollo School.

Authorities have not elaborated on the nature of the hazardous materials emergency. Authorities said oxygen levels in the air appeared to be normal, and nothing unusual was detected in the water supply.

Thursday evening, after ruling out certain contaminants, crews were allowed back into the townhome without full protective gear, though residents of three units in the same building were still kept out of their homes.

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2 dead and 5 injured at haz mat incident near Des Plaines 8-27-15

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Haz Mat Box Alarm in Barrington, 7-13-15

Barrington requested a Haz Mat Box Alarm at 40 E. Dundee Road this afternoon (7/13/15).

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Palatine Fire Department fire truck

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Cary Fire Protection District fire truck

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Barrington Fire Department fire truck

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