28 people injured, 14 taken to the hospital after hazmat situation at Fairmont Pool

Hazmat Situation
Hazmat Situation
Hazmat Situation
Hazmat Situation
Posted at 3:03 PM, Jun 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-25 20:36:38-04

UPDATE: Boise Fire's hazmat team has completed their evaluation and containment of the chemical spill, according to a press release on Friday evening.

According to Boise Fire, 28 people in total were evaluated and several went through decontamination, with 11 people were treated at the scene and released and 14 patients being transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

In the press release, Boise Fire says crews including 5 engines, 2 battalion chiefs, 2 division chiefs and the hazmat team, along with Ada County Paramedics responded to the chemical spill around 1 p.m. on Friday. A Code Red alert was sent through Ada County Dispatch to nearby residents, asking them to shelter in place, with the main concern being the potential for respiratory injury. Boise Police Officers were at the scene as well, working to control the scene, blocking traffic at W. Northview St.

The shelter in place order has been lifted, and W. Northview St. is back open. Fairmont Pool will remain closed until Monday.

Boise Fire says the investigation into what chemicals were used, and what exactly happened leading up to the chemical spill is still ongoing.

ORIGINAL STORY: People near Fairmont Pool are asked to shelter in place after a hazmat situation involving a chemical spill.

Hazmat Situation

Boise Fire says 28 people went through decontamination on scene and five were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Injuries include possible respiratory concerns, according to Boise Fire.

Officials do not have any specific details on what chemicals were spilled at this time. Boise Fire says a commercial truck was doing some maintenance or filling some chemical tanks for the pool operation and Boise Fire is looking into that.

A Code Red Alert was issued to neighbors in a two-block perimeter around the area. A football field-sized closure will be in place for quite some time while the spill is being cleaned up.

The area around Fairmont Pool should be avoided as crews work to clear any hazards and clean up the area. Boise Police officers have blocked access to Northview Street from Milwaukee to Cole as cleanup happens.

If you were at or around the pool today, Boise Fire asks you to monitor your breathing and if you have problems, call 911 or your family physician.

Idaho News 6 has a crew on the scene and will update this article as more information becomes available.