Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Streamwood Firefighters, Area Hazmat Techs Work to Resolve Ammonia Leak at Fresh Express on Lake Street -- 7 Transported to Hospital

Streamwood police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 11:34 PM Monday Report of an Activated Fire Alarm on the board at NWCDS for the Fresh Express commercial building. 1109 East Lake Street Streamwood, Il. Report of an Activated Fire Alarm on the alarm board at Northwst Central Dispatch System 9-1-1 Center for the Fresh Express commercial building in Streamwood.

KEY FACTS ...
Seven people were transported to area hospitals -- possibly as a result of, or related to -- exposure to an ammonia leak at Fresh Express -- salad packaging plant.

Fresh Express is a Division of Chiquita Brands.

Fresh Express makes packaged, ready-to-eat salad products.

More than 700 employees are employed at the location.

Fresh Express has operated at the Streamwood location since 2013.

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INCIDENT DETAILS

Engine 31's crew on arrival reported nothing showing from the outside of the building.

Streamwood Battalion Chief 9 reported a possible ammonia leak and requested two additional ambulances.

Battalion Chief 9 reported they have learned that a forklift might have hit an ammonia line inside the building.

A Hazmat Level 2 was activated and a total of a six-ambulance response was activated at the scene after two additional ambulances requested about 12:38 a.m.

All on duty Division 1 hazmat techs were due to the scene.

Fire command was using a MABAS DIVISION 1 Change of Quarters on BOX #4 for the ammonia leak for ambulances.

A canteen requested.

A Mobile Ventilation Unit (MVU-1 stationed at Elk Grove Village) was requested at 1:05 a.m. Additional mobile ventilation units were requested about 6:45 a.m. as firefighters worked overnight and early morning trying to bring down ammonia levels.

Mobile Ventilation Units from MABAS Division 27 (Chicago Heights, Park Forest area), MABAS Division 8 (Rockford area), and MABAS Division 9 (Chicago Fire Department) were being requested to the scene.

FIRE/MEDIC UNITS ASSIGNED ...

ENGINE(S): E31

TRUCK(S): T32

SQUAD(S): Hazmat 31

EMS: A33 Hanover Park M15

CHIEF(S): BC9

SPECIAL:

CHANGE OF QUARTERS:

STAGING: ??

HAZMAT LEVEL 1 at 00:02

UNITS ASSIGNED ...

SQUAD(S): Elk Grove Hazmat 8

EMS: A ??

HAZMAT LEVEL 2

UNITS ASSIGNED ...

SQUAD(S): Palatine SQD85 with 3 Techs

RIT: BC ?? T ??

CHIEF(S): BC ??

EMS: East Dundee Ambulance



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