UPDATE: Fire in Woonsocket leads to hazmat investigation

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Three first responders were taken to the hospital after tending to a call of a fire in an old mill in Woonsocket, and discovering some kind of hazardous materials.

Firefighters responded to a call for a small fire on the second floor of the old mill at 20 Privilege St., which now houses several different companies. Three of them were taken to the hospital after inhaling the chemicals.

A hazmat team confirmed high levels of a chemical inside the building. They are still working to determine what the chemical was. 

Woonsocket Fire and Hazmat, as well as Department of Environmental Management personnel were on the scene for more than 5 hours.

A woman on the scene who works in the building told ABC6 News reporter John Krinjak when he arrived first to the scene that someone broke in to the building, and they are the culprit who started the fire.

Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Oakland said chemicals were found on the first and second floors, appearing to have been intentionally spilled. 

Officials also said the community should not be worried, because emergency crews were able to determine that the chemicals were not harmful to the public, though they did need to be ventilated from the building.

There is no word on whether any arrests have been made. 

A criminal investigation is underway, involving the Fire Marshal, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and Woonsocket Police.

There is no word yet on whether any arrests have been made. 

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