Thread: LAFD HazMat Investigation - 9/14
09-18-2000, 05:03 PM #1
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LAFD HazMat Investigation - 9/14
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INVESTIGATION: On Thursday, September 14, 2000, at 20:26 Hours (8:26 PM PDT), eight Companies of Los Angeles Firefighter, including an LAFD Hazardous Materials Task Force, as well as six LAFD Rescue Ambulances, an EMS District Captain and one Battalion Officer Command Team, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Tim Manning responded to a Hazardous Materials Investigation at 4020 South Compton Avenue in the South Central Area. The first Company to arrive on scene was apprised of an irritating odor within “Choice One Foods”, a meat processing firm. The incident was quickly escalated to a Hazardous Materials Investigation as several dozen workers evacuated the building in a calm and orderly fashion. A total of four civilian workers from the plant tendered complaints of nausea, vomiting and throat irritation after being exposed to noxious fumes. LAFD Paramedics transported a 43 year-old woman and a 23 year-old man to White Memorial Hospital, while a pair of 21 year-old women were taken to East Los Angeles Doctor’s Hospital. All were reported in good condition, and there were no Firefighter injuries. LAFD Hazardous Materials experts determined that the inadvertent co-mingling of cleaning solutions with Sodium Hydroxide had created the offensive vapors, which soon dissipated in the well-ventilated structure. The incident and ensuing investigation is to be handled by the Los Angeles County Health Department.
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