Crews remain on scene of chemical fire in south Sacramento

6:42 PM, Jul 7, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento Fire Crews are still on the scene of the chemical fire that caused more than 500 people to be evacuated Wednesday morning.

A trailer loaded with hazardous material caught fire after 40 different chemical were combined then combusted, said Sacramento City Fire Capt. Jon Burges. Crews were on scene from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to make sure the fire and the area was secured.

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The trailer, parked at Mike and Sons Truck Repair, is owned by Clean Harbors, a hazardous waste disposal company.

Crews from Clean Harbors removed all the chemicals from the trailer and disposed of them. Contaminated runoff from battling the blaze is being contained by Clean Harbors.

Nearby businesses were re-opened Thursday.

"It smelled so bad, I started to gag," Senior Citizen's Services owner Dennis Perez said.

Some business owners said they had to spend the day playing catch up after losing a day's work.

Perez said the company lost $30,000 worth of food, which seniors count on.


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