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Newport News, Va,0,5101467.story

Blast rocks middle school

By Dan Parsons
10:46 p.m. EST, November 29, 2009

NEWPORT NEWS =97 Eight North Carolina contract workers remain 
hospitalized this morning with severe burns suffered when the room they 
were roofing at Newport News' Flora D. Crittenden Middle School blew up 
under their feet.

A ninth man is recovering from a related accident in which an ambulance 
responding to the scene of the explosion slammed into the driver's side 
door of his car.

Shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday, Newport News firefighters and police 
responded to a report of an explosion at Crittenden, which is located at 
6158 Jefferson Ave.

When medics arrived, they found eight men with varying degrees of 
injuries suffered during the explosion. A fire crew that was first on 
the scene immediately began treating the wounded, said Battalion Chief 
Steve Pincus with the Newport News Fire Department. At 7:16 a.m., a 
second alarm was called "because of the explosion, and for mass 
casualties," Pincus said.

"There was a small amount of fire in the roof area when they first 
arrived, but their most important task is life safety, so a second alarm 
was called and subsequent apparatus and firefighters began attacking the 

(longer story, but cause is currently unknown)



Vandals try to light chemical vats
December 1, 2009 - 5:11PM
Paramedics called to a chemical spill in Melbourne=92s outer-east to 
treat up to 16 patients found no one had inhaled dangerous fumes coming 
from a vandalised factory.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said paramedics originally believed up 
to 16 workers at a business on Mountain Highway, Bayswater had been 
affected by the spill at a next-door factory.

She said a woman at the business required medical attention for an 
unrelated matter after initial reports that fumes had been leaking from 
the neighbouring factory where fire fighters were working to contain 
hazardous chemicals.

The factory had been broken into overnight by would-be arsonists who 
attempted to set alight vats of chemicals, believed to be types of glue, 
which were spread across the floor, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.


Chemical truck overturns, causing leak
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 30 (UPI) --
Hydrochloric acid is leaking from a semi truck that overturned on a 
bridge in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday morning, authorities said.

Kansas City Fire Battalion Chief Joe Vitale told The Kansas City (Mo.) 
Star that traffic to the Paseo Bridge was closed off following the 
rush-hour accident, which prompted a chemical leak and a plume of fumes 
coming from the crash scene.

Vitale said it remains unclear how much of the nearly 45,000 pounds of 
hydrochloric acid being carried in the truck had leaked so far.

The fire official said the semi truck driver was rescued from the 
vehicle and sent to the hospital with unspecified injuries. There was no 
immediate word on the cause of the accident.

While the immediate area was evacuated following the crash, firefighters 
were able to stop a larger leak from the truck, Vitale said.

The Star reported that crews are working to plug the remaining rupture 
point, while the air quality east of the site is being examined by 
emergency crews.

An individual can experience pulmonary edema, as well as irritation and 
inflammation to the eye, nose and respiratory tract as a result of 
exposure to hydrochloric acid, according to the Environmental Protection 



One dead, six in hospital after being exposed to unknown chemical
December 1, 2009 - 11:52AM
A woman has died and six people, including four paramedics, are being 
treated in hospital after being exposed to an unknown chemical on a farm 
south-west of Sydney, the NSW Ambulance Service says.

Four paramedics were called to a farmhouse in Byron Road, Leppington, 
just before 3am today after a report that a 69-year-old woman was in 
cardiac arrest, police and the NSW Ambulance Service said.

The woman's 38-year-old son was performing CPR on his mother when 
paramedics arrived but she died a short time later. 

It is not known whether the woman's death was a direct result of 
exposure to an unknown chemical, a NSW Ambulance spokesman said. 

There were fumes inside the farmhouse, a NSW Fire Brigades spokesman 

A short time later the 38-year-old and his 76-year-old father became ill 
and all four paramedics reported headaches and nausea.


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