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Chemical Spill Reported in Seal Beach

Orange County firefighters evacuated the fourth floor of an office building. The "highly flammable" material posed an explosion risk.

Orange County firefighters are on scene at a chemical spill in Seal Beach. Patch file photo.
Orange County firefighters are on scene at a chemical spill in Seal Beach. Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 6:06 p.m. Feb. 20, 2014. Edited to add details.

Orange County firefighters contained a chemical spill at a medical laboratory in Seal Beach today.

No one was injured when between five and 10 gallons of the chemical Xylene spilled on the fourth floor of offices of Sterling Pathology National Laboratories at 3030 Old Ranch Parkway about 5 p.m., prompting evacuation of the floor, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

About 25 firefighters and hazardous materials team members contained the “highly flammable” chemical, Concialdi said.

The clean-up operation was turned over to the Orange County Health Care Agency and a private company around 7:40 p.m., Concialdi said.

The chemical, which is heavier than air when it evaporates and stays close to the ground, posed an explosion risk, Concialdi said.

Firefighters shut down the building's heating, air conditioning and ventilation system and evacuated about 40 people before containing the spill, Concialdi said.

--City News Service

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