CFD investigates chemical odor that sends 5 to hospital
Fri, 31 May 2013 07:03:13 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH)â??Fire, police and DHEC are investigating smoke that was seen in the area of North Main Street and Elmore Street Thursday night.
Columbia Richland Fire Department
spokesman Brick Lewis, at about 9:30 Thursday, the fire department was dispatched to the area to investigate a report of â??smoke in the area.â?? When they arrived, members of the fire department detected an â??unknown chemical odor.â??
One person was transported to an area hospital as he was in the vicinity when the leak occurred. Additionally, four CFD Firefighters are being evaluated at an area hospital.
Lewis did say that the citizen and firefighters are beginning evaluated only for precautionary purposes.
Several residents have been instructed to remain in their homes at this time.
Lewis said that early Friday morning, the area was deemed safe by the fire department. He also said that DHEC will continue to investigate as a private contractor cleans up the area of the leak.