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Posted: 11:10 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013
KTVU.com and wires
HAYWARD, Calif. —
The Alameda County sheriff's hazardous materials team responded to a chemical spill at a Hayward business Monday morning, a fire captain said.
About 3 or 4 liters of hydrochloric acid spilled onto a counter and the floor at the offices of Forensic Analytical at 3777 Depot Road, around 8:20 a.m., Hayward fire Capt. LaShon Earnest said.
According to the company's website, Forensic Analytical is a lab that analyzes asbestos, lead-based paint, metals, hazardous waste, mold and other materials.
The spilled chemicals, often used for pool cleaning, got onto an employee's shoe, but he was not harmed, Earnest said.
The six employees in the office were evacuated, and nearby businesses were told to have their employees stay inside, Earnest said.
The hazmat team entered the building around 10 a.m. to neutralize the chemical, and the scene was expected to be cleared by around 11 a.m., Earnest said.
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