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Update: Two Injured in Fridley Chemical Explosion

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May 10 – We have an update on today’s explosion at a Fridley business.

Fire crews were called to Spec Plating, at 160 83rd Ave. NE, for a reported chemical explosion with injuries at at 11:07 a.m.

Fridley Fire Chief John Berg told Twin Cities Fire Wire that the chemicals, Phosphoric Acid and Nitric Acid, “were violently released from a container after a reaction of unknown origin.”

More than 70 employees were evacuated from the building.

Fridley Aerial 2 entered the building with PH paper to determine the extent of the contamination.

Engine 3 and Rescue 3 set up a decontamination area. Using hydrant water, they decontaminated three workers who came in contact with the chemicals.

Two of those workers were transported to area hospitals by Allina EMS.

Berg said that emergency officials released the building back to the company at 12:30 p.m. and they company was responsible for cleaning up the spill.

Columbia Heights firefighters covered Fridley Station 1 until they were requested to a house fire in Blaine. New Brighton crews were then called to cover Fridley Station 1.

  • Assignment: Fridley Engine 3, Aerial 2, Rescue 1, 2 and 3

Breaking: Explosion at Fridley Building

May 10, 2011 1 comment
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May 10 – Fire and EMS crews are at the scene of an explosion in a Fridley industrial park late Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to 160 83rd Ave. NE around 11:15 a.m. As police officers arrived, they reported a strong chemical odor from the one-story building.

Dozens of people were standing outside of the building when Twin Cities Fire Wire arrived.

It appeared that crews were performing decontamination in at least one area and several ambulances were on scene.

There didn’t appear to be any damage to the exterior of the building.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story when more information is available.

Spec Plating at 160 83 Ave. NE

Dozens Hospitalized after Randolph Hazmat Leak

December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Update: The evacuation order was lifted at 1 p.m., per Randolph-Hampton Chief 1.

Dozens of people have been transported from area businesses and homes following an anhydrous ammonia leak in Randolph this morning.

The leak occured just before 8:30 a.m. at the River Country Co-op facility on 291st Street.

Hampton-Randolph Fire Chief Jim Heiman told KSTP that “a cloud developed following the leak.”

According to their website, The River Country Cooperative carries products for farming and planting, including liquid and dry fertilizers, anhydrous ammonia and crop protection products.

Those who were feeling ill were transported by ambulances and buses to area hospitals for examination.

Crews evacuated the Randolph Elementary School and other nearby homes to the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on┬áRandolph Boulevard and one of the Randolph-Hampton fire stations.

Units from around the South Metro responded with resources for hazmat response. Ambulances from Allina, North Memorial, Health East and the Hastings Fire Department were also brought in.

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