A beverage distribution plant on Detroit’s east side suffered from a chemical leak Monday, officials said.
The building was closed and 15 employees were sent home as investigators looked for the cause of the leak, said Fire Department Lt. Clarence Watts.
The building houses a company that distributes Towne Club beverages, and has dry goods and liquids stored on the premises, Watts said.
He said the Fire Department received a call from the company’s employees about the leak at 9:15 a.m. Monday.
Fire officials said the level of danger wasn’t enough to warrant evacuating the surrounding neighborhood.
Fire crews had to wait to enter the plant because HazMat crews had to determine whether it was safe.
The leak may have been caused by a leaky or broken pipe, said Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the department.
It’s considered a level two HazMat situation, which according to the National Fire Protection Association, is “an incident involving hazardous materials that is beyond the capabilities of the first-responders on the scene and could be beyond the capabilities of the public-sector responders having jurisdiction,” which “can pose immediate and long-term risk to the environment and public health.”
Two police officers and a worker were treated at Detroit Receiving Hospital after suffering from exposure, Fornell said.
The facility is operated by Intrastate Distributors. No one at the company was immediately available for comment.