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Hazmat crews working to contain chemical leak in Sarasota

Posted at 8:37 AM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 08:48:00-05

SARASOTA, Fla. — First responders and hazmat teams are on the scene of a chemical leak in Sarasota.

Officials responded to a fire alarm in the 6200 block of McIntosh Rd. after 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Sarasota County Fire Department Chief Michael Regnier says anhydrous ammonia, a chemical used in refrigeration, is actively leaking into the facility from a chiller unit on the roof.

Regnier says the alarm is tied to a chemical monitoring system in the distribution center.

Sarasota County and Southern Manatee hazmat teams are working together to contain the leak.

Regnier says the facility has been evacuated and a nearby Publix distribution center has been ordered to shelter in place.

Officials are asking residents to avoid the area.