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12 treated after chemical leak
Seven people were taken to area hospitals and five others were treated at the scene following a chemical leak in a building in Coppell Friday afternoon.
The seven who were transported reportedly suffered from multiple inhalation injuries.
Sharon Logan, city spokesperson, said the Coppell Fire Department went to a building in the 1400 block of S. Belt Line Road about 2:30 p.m. following a 911 call.
On arrival, firefighters determined that a leak had occurred in a 55-gallon drum of methanol, a chemical used for cleaning.
Several people in Suite 200 which is occupied by CP&P Texas, a phone repair company, had already evacuated when firefighters arrived. As a precautionary measure, a complete evacuation of the entire building was then ordered.
Coppell firefighters called Hazmat at the DFW Airport.
“The Hazmat team responded and handled the cleanup very quickly,” Logan said.
Additional fire departments also responded to the emergency, including from Lewisville, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Carrollton and Highland Village.
Firefighters considered the problem solved and departed the scene at 4:15 p.m. Employees in the building were allowed back in the building. However, Logan said because the building was not determined to be safe until so late in the day that many of the employees had already gone home for the day.
An employee at CP&P Texas said Monday that all employees were back on the job and that everything was back to normal.