UPDATED: Chemical spill in Brockville

Emergency responders remain on the scene of a reported chemical scene at 3M on California Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The west end of Waltham Road is closed. Tim Ruhnke/The Recorder and Times jpg, BT

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Emergency personnel from Brockville and Ottawa responded to a 3M site in the north end of the city on Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred at the 3M facility on California Avenue at Waltham Road at about 9:30 a.m. A worker noticed a strong smell, according to Melissa Jurenas of 3M corporate affairs. She did not indicate the source of the odour, as an internal investigation continues. Personal safety products are made at the site.

Twenty workers were evacuated safely to an adjacent 3M facility, Jurenas said. Brockville firefighters as well as a hazmat team from Ottawa fire service responded, as did Leeds Grenville paramedics. The affected 3M staff were monitored by an on-site nursing team and EMS, Jurenas noted. One staff member sought attention from paramedics and has since returned home, she reported late Wednesday afternoon.

Brockville fire chief David Lazenby told Global Kingston that one firefighter was taken to hospital for a minor respiratory issue. The chief was unavailable for an interview when this article was updated.

Emergency responders remained on the scene for several hours. The west end of Waltham Road was closed to traffic. Authorities gave the all-clear for workers to re-enter the building late in the afternoon, according to Jurenas. The odour was gone.

“We are extremely grateful for the quick response of our local and regional emergency services and grateful for the diligence of our 3M employees who first reported the issue,” she stated.

A Brockville police news release issued early Wednesday afternoon referred to the incident as a ‘chemical spill.’ The ‘spill’ had been contained to one room, the release stated.

This article will be updated.

 

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