Chemical cloud rises from N. Spokane smelter

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by BREANNA ROY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 12:14 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Fire crews responded early Thursday morning to what was initially reported to be a fire.

Witnesses said they did not see flames at the Global Metal Technology building on East Trent Avenue.  Smoke, however, turned out to be the concern for firefighters.  Crews said they found ore tailings used at the plant smoldering on a shelf.  Those tailings were creating a noxious chemical cloud.

Firefighters said there was no immediate danger to the public because the cloud was dispersing in the air

The problem was contained and no one was injured.

The Ecology Department launched an investigation into the incident.

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