Salt Lake City FD Hazardous materials crews responded to a hydrochloric acid spill in Salt Lake City. Officials said the acid is threatening a nearby tank of sulfuric acid. and two firefighters were injured after inhaling the fumes. The spill happened at 2200 West 1100 South in an industrial area. Officials believed strong winds may have blown over an elevated tank of hydrochloric acid, spilling at least 13,000 gallons of acid.
Officials were concerned about another nearby elevated tank of sulfuric acid.
Our worry right now is, this 13,000 gallons is on the ground, and were worried that might go over to this sulfuric acid tank, which is a 10,000 gallon tank, and possibly eat the legs away, said Assistant Chief Dennis McKone with the Salt Lake Fire Department.
Businesses within a two block radius were evacuated while crews worked to contain the spill.
Two firefighters were injured after inhaling fumes after responding to the area, and were taken to the hospital in fair condition.
Somehow they breathed in some of this stuff, Im not sure how at this point, said McKone.
West Valley HAZMAT crews were called in to assist teams from the Salt Lake Fire Department.
We have actually a third alarm assignment on this with all the equipment we have on scene, said McKone.
The injured firefighters were recovering at the hospital.