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Spokane Fire Department responds to HAZMAT situation at Haskins Steel Co. building

People in the area of North Freya and East Main were told to shelter but that order was later lifted. Crews were able to safety stop the leaking after two hours.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane fire crews responded to a HAZMAT situation at the Haskins Steel Co. building on North Freya and East Main on Wednesday night.

According to Spokane Fire Department officials, on Wednesday, June 22, at 8:14 p.m., firefighters received a report of a vapor leaking from a commercial building located at 3613 East Main Ave.

As the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) Hazardous Material Team tried to locate the source of the leak, people were temporarily told to shelter in place. After arriving to the scene, crews discovered  the vapor leaking from the south side of the manufacturing section of the Haskins Steel Plant.

After investigation and research in the area, firefighters were able to identify the on-site products as pressurized nitrogen and oxygen, which were used during the plant's cutting operations. 

Crews were able to safety stop the leaking after two hours with the help of video technology, that connected SFD HAZMAT Technicians inside the building with plant supervisors away from the incident.

No people or firefighters resulted injured. The incident also didn't result in infrastructure damage or environmental impact.

 

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