Thursday, May 23, 2019

SMALL FIRE INVOLVING A HAZARDOUS MATERIAL AT MANUFACTURING PLANT ON HOWARD ST, NILES

THU MAY 23 2019 ~12:37 PM
Niles Fire Department
Small Fire/Hazardous Material/De-Con
6457 West Howard Street Niles, IL

Activated fire alarm with a small fire. E3 on arrival reported nothing showing with staff reporting smoke in a maintenance room. BC2 reports a small fire involving a hazardous material was extinguished. The hazard is categorized as internal, and apparently does not involve any outdoor release. Squad 4 request by 12:41 p.m.

Possibly a phosphine gas spill or contamination occurred inside the building. Phosphine (PH₃) is a colorless, flammable, and explosive gas at room temperature that smells like garlic or decaying fish. Hazmat De-Con is ongoing in a small area. Several ambulances were on scene, but no injuries were reported or confirmed.

The information in this article is an early report published before any information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

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