No hazards found after reported chemical spill in NW Atlanta

Multiple crews responded to the scene of a reported chemical spill at a sewer treatment facility at the intersection of Deering Road and Loring Drive in northwest Atlanta. No hazards were found, and the facility was determined to be safe.
Multiple crews responded to the scene of a reported chemical spill at a sewer treatment facility at the intersection of Deering Road and Loring Drive in northwest Atlanta. No hazards were found, and the facility was determined to be safe.

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After reports of a chemical spill in northwest Atlanta’s Loring Heights neighborhood Thursday morning elicited a strong response from Atlanta Fire Rescue crews, decontamination specialists found no evidence of dangerous materials.

The spill was reported about 11:30 a.m. after a contractor working at the Tanyard Creek Combined Sewer Overflow Facility noticed a smell of chlorine, according to Atlanta Watershed Management Deputy Commissioner Quinton Fletcher. The facility is located at the intersection of Deering Road and Loring Drive and is operated by Clean Water Atlanta, a division of the watershed department.

Atlanta Fire Rescue's hazmat unit was at the scene Thursday afternoon.
Atlanta Fire Rescue's hazmat unit was at the scene Thursday afternoon.

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Crews with Atlanta fire were called to the scene, including three engines, a hazmat decontamination unit and a heavy rescue truck. Around 1:30 p.m., a secondary team of firefighters could be seen suiting up in yellow hazmat suits with oxygen tanks to decontaminate the first team as they exited the building.

After inspecting the facility, no hazards were found, according to Atlanta fire Battalion Chief Jason Wozniak.

A decontamination team is scrubbed down after exiting the sewer treatment facility Thursday afternoon.
A decontamination team is scrubbed down after exiting the sewer treatment facility Thursday afternoon.

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The facility was determined to be safe shortly before 2 p.m.

The smell of chlorine reported at the sewer treatment facility prompted a large fire and hazmat response Thursday afternoon.
The smell of chlorine reported at the sewer treatment facility prompted a large fire and hazmat response Thursday afternoon.

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