5:15 p.m. 2/13/13
Hazmat crews are arriving at a Pacifica bakery to assess and determine the best method of clean up after an employee using a chlorinated degreaser to clean equipment splashed some of the chemical onto his body, a fire spokesman said today.
Fire crews were called to French Patisserie Inc. at 1080 Palmetto Ave. just before 4 p.m., according to North County Fire Authority spokesman Matt Lucett.
The victim was assessed and taken by non-emergency ambulance to a local hospital. There were no other victims.
Crews were able safely evacuate the bakery and are denying entry while they determine how best to clean up the spill.
The bakery is in an industrial sector of the city right off the ocean. Lucett said it is more likely an industrial bakery, not the type a person would stop into for a cup of coffee and cookie.
Fortunately for hazmat crews, the chemical has been identified.
"It has been isolated, we've denied entry and now it is just determining clean up," Lucett said. "Usually the big thing with calls like these is that you have to identify the chemical," he said.
4:20 p.m. 2/13/13
The North County Fire Authority is responding to a potential hazardous materials situation in Pacifica this afternoon.
The initial call came in just before 4 p.m. and units are responding to the 1000 block of Palmetto Avenue, a fire dispatcher confirmed.
Patch will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.
— Bay City News Service
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