Florida Firefighter Hospitalized in Chemical Fire


Nine people were treated for smoke inhalation after a chemical fire broke out Friday morning at a Deerfield Beach cosmetic manufacturer.

At about 10 a.m., Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue received a report of a fire at Oxygen Development at 1441 W. Newport Center Drive.

John Quintoni, of Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue, said firefighters arrived to find a 55-gallon drum on fire in a lab.

According to fire officials, crews quickly extinguished the chemical fire. Eight workers and a firefighter were taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation. About 200 employees were evacuated from the building, and they were checked out for injuries related to the chemicals or smoke inhalation.

Quintoni said testing would have to be done to identify the chemical involved in the fire.

The American Red Cross and the Community Emergency Response Team were at the scene, as were about 22 emergency vehicles, according to Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue.

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