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Crews on scene at hazmat situation in Pawtucket

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By: Melissa Randall
Email: mrandall@abc6.com

One firefighter is being treated after an early morning hazmat situation in Pawtucket. Crews were called to Providence Metalizing around 2 AM after reports of an explosion at the facility. Firefighters are working to contain some type of chemical spill.

Neighbors reported seeing a fire coming from behind the company's headquarters at 51 Fairlawn Ave early this morning. Crews were able to put out the fire, which was in a shipping container. Once the smoke cleared they discovered the container was holding 55 gallon drums filled with an unknown chemical. Hazmat crews were called in to assess the situation. 

"We haven't determined the chemicals or the product we're dealing with. We have DEM on the scene, we have the fire marshals office on the scene. We also have a private contractor, Clean Harbors, coming in because we have the river and we are worried about some of the contaminants going into there,” said Battalion Chief Robert Neill of the Pawtucket Fire Department.

According to the company’s website they create fine jewelry finishes.  

One firefighter was injured being treated as a precaution after he inhaled some of the smoke which may have been mixed with the chemical. Investigators remained on scene as of 7 AM. It is unclear how the chemical fire began.

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