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2014-08-18 - Charlottetown Fire Department Responds to Chemical Incident

The Charlottetown Fire Department responded to a call at the Delta Charlottetown Hotel today (Aug. 18) following a chemical incident in the shipping and receiving area of the building.

"There was a concern over a chemical mixture for the pool that may have been putting a potentially harmful gas into the air," said Charlottetown Fire Chief Randy MacDonald. "The Charlottetown Fire Department was called to the scene at approximately 1 p.m."

The Provincial Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Team was called to the scene as part of the Fire Department’s protocol when dealing with chemicals. The chemical involved was Hy-Clor Granular Pool Chlorine. Water and a stabilizing agent were added to the granular pool chlorine to dilute it. The City’s Water and Sewer Utility tested the diluted concentration as an added precaution.

The Fire Station’s Engine 1 remained on scene for two and a half hours to ensure the incident was contained and dealt with safely. Businesses within 100 feet were evacuated as a precaution, but have since returned to normal operations.

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Jennifer Gavin
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City of Charlottetown
902-629-4102
jgavin@charlottetown.ca



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