Good samaritans kept chemicals from entering storm drains

UPDATE: MONDAY, 05/22/2023, 12:01 p.m

(COLORADO SPRINGS) — The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) said there was no danger to the community after a fire and chemical spill broke out at an aluminum coating facility overnight into the early hours of May 22. CSFD said the chemicals were contained and not entering nearby storm sewers.

The hazmat teams’ ability to contain the chemicals was thanks to a group of construction workers who saw the chemicals leaking from the building and stopped them from entering the storm sewers.

“Thanks to some good Samaritans, they actually realized that it was a dangerous situation
and they actually started building dams and blocking the storm sewers before the chemicals got into the storm sewer,” said Lieutenant Aaron McConnellogue.

Hazmat squads are working to clean up the leak. They are concerned about the various chemicals that mixed up after the leak. The crews evaluate the toxicity of this mixture.

UPDATE: MONDAY, 05/22/2023 8:13 am

An unreported fire broke out in a building overnight, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD). The fire was self-extinguishing but spilled aluminum coating chemicals.

ORIGINAL STORY: CSFD: Hazmat spill on Cimarron St

UPDATE: MONDAY, 05/22/2023 7:45 am

The Colorado Springs Police Department said the streets in the 500 block at East Cimarron Street and nearby East Costilla Street will be closed while teams work on the hazardous materials spill.

MONDAY, 05/22/2023 7:37 am

The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) is on the scene as hazardous materials spilled at the 500 block of East Cimarron Street.

CSFD reported the spill around 7 a.m. Monday, May 22. CSFD said multiple units were on site with multiple chemical spills totaling over 50 gallons.

CSFD is asking the public to avoid the E. Cimarron St. and South El Paso Street area while teams work to clean up the leak.

FOX21 News has a team on the way and will update this article as new information becomes available.

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