Two dozen employees evacuated a frozen food company Tuesday morning after the release of chemicals, officials said.
Firefighters responded to a 9:45 a.m. hazardous materials alarm at Amy’s Kitchen in Santa Rosa, CA, said Santa Rosa Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal.
Around 24 employees had already evacuated the building when firefighters arrived, and evacuations in the surrounding area were ordered, Lowenthal said.
Several pipes used to transport pressurized chemicals in the building had failed and sprayed a mist or fog, Lowenthal said.
Firefighters narrowed the cause of the hazardous materials incident to sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite, used to disinfect kitchen equipment, Lowenthal said.
A HazMat team wearing specialized chemical resistant suits, entered the building and shut down the systems supplying the air under pressure to the chemical piping. The chemical flow ended up contained to the building, Lowenthal said.
Firefighters released the building to Amy’s Kitchen for cleanup around 12:30 p.m., he said.