Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:38:33 -0400
Reply-To: Andrew Gross <gross.drew**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
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From: Andrew Gross <gross.drew**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Firefighters treated after blaze at NY college lab
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Does anyone have a much much more detailed version of this story in
print.  I would like to post it in my firehouse.  Just recently we had
an incident in a science lab where there was an unknown smell which
set off the fire alarm.  I made an offer to go in an try to identify
the smell (afterall, I have the most exposure to chemicals and chances
are I would recognize the smell before anyone else) even though my
unit was assigned to the exterior.  Instead I got ridiculed and the
crews spent almost an hour exposed to the vapors trying to locate

I would like to post the article to show them how serious that
situation was or could have been.  Perhaps hint that they had a
resource they neglected to use.

-Andrew Gross

On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 8:20 AM, List Moderator wrote:
> I wonder if the UCLA fire has increased the press' interest in lab accident
> stories...
> - Ralph
> Firefighters treated after blaze at NY college lab
> June 30, 2009
> TROY, N.Y. - More than a dozen firefighters are recovering after they were
> exposed to smoke and chemicals after a fire broke out inside a laboratory at
> an Albany-area college.
> No one was seriously injured but Troy Fire Department officials say 15
> firefighters were checked out at a hospital after Monday evening's blaze in
> a chemical lab at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
> Fire Chief Tom Garrett says the fire broke out about 6:20 p.m. on the third
> floor of a lab in a science building. He says a student was working alone
> and accidentally ignited the fire while conducting an experiment.
> RPI officials say the student suffered burns to her hands and was treated at
> Troy hospital. The college's public safety department is conducting an
> investigation.

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