Naperville: Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team Quickly Contains Ammonia Spill
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NAPERVILLE, Ill. ~ Naperville's Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a call on Monday, April 15 at 9:14 p.m. for a reported ammonia spill at Ramsay's Kitchen located at 39 W. Jefferson Ave. The ECC quickly dispatched a box alarm, which was later reduced to a special rescue assignment involving nine fire apparatus and 16 personnel.

The first vehicle arrived on the scene at 9:20 p.m. and immediately entered the restaurant, where they discovered approximately one gallon of ammonia spilled in the basement. Fortunately, the restaurant staff had already evacuated all patrons and employees before the Fire Department's arrival. Hazmat technicians from the Fire Department were able to remove the ammonia using specialized absorbent materials within just 30 minutes.

As a precautionary measure, fire companies remained on the scene for an additional 30 minutes to ensure that all fumes were properly ventilated and that the space was safe for occupants. The spill was contained to the basement of the restaurant and no further hazardous conditions were found. After thorough clean-up and ventilation, the building was turned back over to restaurant staff who were able to reoccupy it.

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Assisting agencies included Naperville Police, Warrenville Fire Department, Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District, Darian-Woodridge Fire Protection District, and Downers Grove Fire Department. The Plainfield Fire Protection District provided station coverage during the incident.

One civilian sustained injuries and was transported to Edward Hospital in stable condition. However, there were no injuries reported among fire service personnel who responded to the scene. The building was deemed safe for reoccupation after the incident.

This quick response and efficient handling of the situation by Naperville's emergency services prevented any further harm or damage from occurring. The cause of the ammonia spill is currently under investigation by authorities.

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