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us_il: 19 people helped after chemical spill in Blue Island
A total of 19 people, including nine children, were assisted by the American Red Cross following a reported chemical spill Thursday night in south suburban Blue Island.

Late Thursday, the Blue Island Fire Department confirmed that crews were on the scene of a reported chemical spill in the 12700 block of Hoyne Avenue in Blue Island.

Dispatch reports indicated a hazardous materials incident was reported about 8:30 p.m. and a full HazMat response was initiated about 9 p.m.

The American Red Cross was notified and responded to a HazMat situation at 12747 Hoyne Avenue to assist 10 adults and nine children, according to Red Cross spokeswoman Jackie Mitchell. The Red Cross provided clothing, shelter, food and medication, Mitchell said.

Blue Island police and fire personnel declined to comment early Saturday, but sources said one man was taken to the hospital for an inhalation injury.

us_ga: Fire at Equinox Chemicals
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A fire investigation is underway at Equinox Chemicals on West Oakridge Drive. Albany Fire units HAZMAT crews were called to scene around 3 o'clock and found yellow and green smoke is billowing from the building. Oakridge Drive from 
South Westover to Willie Pitts were shut down for about an hour. No employees were at work at the time of the fire and no one was injured. A firefighter was taken to a local hospital with heat exhaustion.

02 APR 10
us_wa: Deadly Washington blast is latest refinery accident

Reporting from Seattle - Four workers were killed and three others critically burned Friday when an explosion tore through a Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., the latest in a series of troubling refinery accidents that have touched off a nationwide inquiry.

"We're very concerned," said Daniel Horowitz, spokesman for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which is dispatching an investigative team to the scene of the accident 70 miles north of Seattle.

"Our agency investigates only the most serious oil and chemical accidents across the country. We have 18 open cases, including this one, and nearly half of them are at oil refineries," he said.

Tesoro, which was fined last year by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries for a series of safety and health violations at the plant, said the cause of the early-morning explosion and fire was still under investigation.

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