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us_az: West Valley fitness club evacuated after chemical spill
GOODYEAR, AZ -- A west Valley fitness center was evacuated late Tuesday morning after several people were overcome by chemical fumes.

Russ Braden of the Goodyear Fire Department said at least three employees were overcome and suffered other injures when the chlorine they were pouring into a system that fed to a jacuzzi built up pressure and splashed back on them.

The incident happened around 11:15 a.m. at the facility located at 145th Avenue and McDowell Road.

Braden said one employee was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix with facial injuries and two other employees were taken to a local hospital with injuries to the lower part of their body.

Two other people complained of respiratory issues, but were not transported, Braden said.

Indonesia: Chemical substances cause of Swallow fire
JAKARTA: Kalideres Police have suspected chemical substances as the cause of a huge fire that razed Swallow sandal factory and claimed four lives on March 11.

The Kalideres chief detective Second Insp. Herru Y.S. said that the suspicion was based on testimonies from employees and the owner of PT Sinar Jaya Perkasa, sandal producer, in Tegal Alur of West Jakarta.

Quoting the testimonies,

Herru told that the witnesses had seen chemical material had suddenly caused the fire to spread to other parts of the building.

He added that a forensic laboratory from the National Police had reconstructed the incident but had not found the cause, the result pending samples of burned chemical substance. =97 

us Hazmat Survival Tips: Scare at Abandoned General Store - Fire Engineering
One afternoon, while executing a search warrant in a rural area, federal and state law enforcement officials made a surprising discovery. During their efforts to find stolen weapons thought to be hidden in a residence and other outbuildings located on several acres, they instead found what appeared to be a large number of chemicals stored in a building that had once served as a local general store. In addition to the unkempt nature of the storage and an accumulation of trash inside, the officers noticed labels on some of the containers indicating the presence of various hazard classes that included explosives and oxidizers. There were numerous other containers, many consisting of small plastic tubs, and most were unmarked. After a brief survey of the scene during which no weapons were visible, police officers left the building and notified the local fire department and state hazardous materials team.

us_il: Explosion at Tuscola Chemical Plant
There was an explosion at the Lyondell Plant off Route 36. It happened before 9 AM. The company makes ethanol and other chemicals. 

The noise woke people up out of bed. Witnesses say they were expecting a disaster. 

"You hear all this roaring, like a freight train you know. And this huge big ball of fire," said Donna Kilburn. 

She was working at her desk right across the street when she saw and heard the chaos. 

It almost sounds like an earthquake. Things falling, windows rumbling," she said. 

She looked across the street to see a stack on fire, with black smoke billowing toward the sky. 

" I started opening the door and backtracking. I was gonna go hide behind the building. it was that scared," she said. 

Firefighters rushed to teh scene of the explosion. Witnesses watched, scared for the workers inside.

us_pa: Chemical Spill Reported In Jefferson Hills
According to Allegheny County officials, an emulsifier spill required cleanup on Monday morning.
Officials told Channel 4 Action News that hazardous materials crews are not at the scene in the 1100 block of Glasshouse Road.
Several fire companies and Marathon Oil are assisting with the cleanup.
The spill came from a holding tank at a processing facility and was first reported shortly after 5 a.m.
Officials said about 1,000 gallons of a water-based emulsion product comprised of water, soap and hydrochloric acid leaked from a storage tank. Dispatchers say the leak has been located and fixed, and that a contractor is working with Marathon officials to clean up the mess.

us_az: Lifecare Center of Yuma evacuated
The threat was a chemical powder discharged from three fire extinguishers that Lifecare staff used to extinguish a fire that had broken out in a fire alarm panel, said Steve Irr, battalion chief. The fire itself was not a threat because it was immediately extinguished, but the chemical is a very fine, dusty powder that, once airborne, became a real threat to the residents, he said.

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us_tx: Opinion: Residents need to be careful when working with chemicals
We were all dismayed this past week after a fatal accident at a construction site at Teen Challenge. The terrible accident should serve enough notice to all of us to be careful when handling and working with noxious and flammable chemicals.

However, we would like to extend another warning just in case this one didn't leave the proper impact. We want to thank Midland's Fire Department for spreading the word. Our public needs to be fully aware of the dangers involved with working with chemicals. It really is a matter of life and death.

At the Teen Challenge work site, one was left dead and three others injured when the victims were overcome by the fumes of the chemical they were working with. This tragedy saddened us all, but we must learn the lesson that comes from such horror. These were professionals in the course of their work, so that means amateurs working on home projects will have to be doubly careful.

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