Easthampton Fire Department finds unknown chemical in trailer, calls haz-mat emergency as precaution

  • Source: MassLive.com
  • Published: 10/07/2019 08:21 AM

The Fire Department declared a hazardous materials emergency for around three hours as a precaution Sunday afternoon after a trailer outside a Ferry Street business was reportedly leaking unknown vapor, according to Fire Chief David Mottor. Firefighters were called to 69 Ferry St for a report from a passerby that a trailer was smoking. The chemicals inside the trailer turned out to not be a threat to public safety, but firefighters did not know that when they first arrived on the scene, Mottor said. The business, Pioneer Valley Wheel Repair, had ten 5-gallon drums containing a chemical used to clean aluminum rims inside the trailer. The owner later told firefighters that the chemical needs to be at a certain temperature to be effective, so he keeps it in a trailer with a heater running, Mottor said.


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