Friday, December 18, 2015

Carroll County Firefighters respond to minor chemical spill at McDaniel College

Carroll County Firefighters respond to minor chemical spill at McDaniel College

Firefighters from Westminster New Windsor, Reese, and the Carroll County Hazmat response team responded Thursday morning to a minor chemical spill at McDaniel College

Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 staff report

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Carroll County operations center first received a call at approximately 9 a.m. this morning with a report of a small chemical spill on the second floor of Eaton Hall.

At 9:06 a.m. emergency units were dispatched from the Westminster, New Windsor, Reese fire departments, and the Carroll County Hazmat response team.

Campus officials later reported, “A minor laboratory chemical spill occurred in Eaton Hall this morning. Local authorities immediately responded and quickly determined that this was not a life threatening situation. Cleanup is currently in progress. As a precaution, Eaton and Lewis Hall will reopen on Monday morning for regular business hours.”

The first units arrived on scene at 9:10 a.m. with Westminster chief 3-1 in command. Upon arrival, firefighters evacuated the building. At that time the Carroll County hazmat response team monitored the building and evaluated the situation and determined that there was no danger to the public.

According to Westminster fire department officials, the incident involved a small accidental spill involving 3-Heptanone which had spilled down an elevator shaft while being transported by cart.

One person involved in the incident was medically evaluated on the scene by paramedics, but not transported to the hospital. There were no injuries.

The building was returned to McDaniel at 11:15 a.m. for building repairs and minor cleaning. Firefighters and equipment remained on the scene until 11:30 a.m.

Westminster Volunteer Fire Department PIO Kevin Dayhoff

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Update: A spokesperson for McDaniel College called the station after the Carroll County Times article appeared in the paper and reamed me out for talking with the press about the hazmat incident at the college without the college’s permission. Read the Carroll County Times story here:

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