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Chemicals released in blaze; hazmat team called to help

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- A hazardous waste facility in Richland was destroyed in a fire. Fire investigators say flames broke out at the Horn Rapids Landfill around 5:15 PM Sunday.

Fire crews say hazmat teams were called because of the chemicals release in the blaze. 220 gallons of flammables and pesticides burned.

Before the damage can be cleaned up, the Department of Ecology will assess the safety risk. Fortunately, the chemicals caught in the water from firefighters ran off into a contained pool built for that very purpose.

There was still a strong chemical odor in the air Monday afternoon.

Assistant Fire Marshall James Jordan describes the scene firefighters arrived to, "When they arrived it was fully involved. We had small canisters, propane bottles, aerosol cans blowing up. One of them started a secondary fire on some grass about 200 feet away. It was quickly knocked down by an arriving crew."

Richland Fire contained the blaze in 20 minutes and stayed on the scene until 1:30 AM Monday.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. Investigation will continue with the case for the next few days.

Leaders with the City of Richland ask you to store your hazardous waste until they come up with a new solution.