HAZMAT and 25 Firefighters Respond to RSA Activity Center

By John Shryock - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Two people were transported to a local hospital Friday afternoon after suffering an apparent allergic reaction to cleaning chemicals. Montgomery Fire Department Captain Bill Guthrie says those two individuals suffered non-life threatening injuries and should be fine.

The incident started around the noon hour at the RSA Activity Center on Dexter Avenue. Guthrie says someone called dispatch with a breathing difficulty complaint and when rescue workers arrived they smelled an unfamiliar odor. The building's doors were opened to ventilate the air, and a district chief then requested a HAZMAT team.

Guthrie says everyone in the building was asked to evacuate as a precaution. There were around 65 folks inside the building at the time.

Reports indicate that a cleaning crew mixed two chemicals, the exact types are unknown a this time, while cleaning the building's floors. The combination caused a chemical reaction, and two victims suffered allergic reactions as a result. Guthrie says the victim's never lost consciousness.

HAZMAT crews remained on the scene to monitor the air quality inside the building and reopened it to the public around 1:45pm. In all, 25 firefighters responded to the scene.

WSFA 12 News live streamed coverage from our Jackson Hospital TowerCam during the incident and dispatched a crew to the scene. Sign up for breaking news emails, as well as the Weather Window, to have breaking news come straight to your inbox.