10 Mass. Firefighters Treated After Chemical Fire

Ten New Bedford firefighters were treated for exposure to chemicals last night following a fire at a middle school, according to The Standard-Times.

Crews responded to reports of smoke at Keith Middle School shortly before 7 p.m. and traced it to the first-floor science room. The fire appeared to be caused by a chemical reaction, according to the report.

"It appears that there (were) some chemicals involved in the fire," Fire Chief Brian Faria told the newspaper. "Smoke was going on three floors of the building."

The chemicals involved in the fire were not identified.

A hospital spokeswoman told the newspaper at approximately 10:20 p.m. that all 10 firefighter were expected to be treated and released.

Hazmat crews were called to the scene and investigators are working to determine what caused the fire.

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