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Fire service evacuates several businesses after chemicals mix in a delivery truck in Lexington

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington County fire service officials had to evacuate several businesses Monday after some chemicals apparently mixed in the rear of a panel style delivery truck. The call for service came in just after 8:00 a.m.

Firefighters responded to the area of Ginny Lane, Sunset Blvd., and I-20 with fire engines and special equipped hazardous materials units after the spill occurred. This is close to several Lexington District One Schools and the county’s Corley Mill fire station in the town of Lexington.

Once they realized they were dealing with the mixture of the chemicals, the fire and specially trained hazmat crews evacuated the businesses and blocked some traffic on the roads. The hazmat teams eventually found that several containers in the panel truck that had spilled their contents. Those mixed together causing what was described as a chemical reaction.

The county did not specify the businesses in the area that they closed, but businesses around the intersection include a Starbucks, Chili's, the John Deere dealership, a McDonald's, Moore Orthopedics, and several others. None of the business are stilled closed.

The hazmat crews and other responders had cleared the scene and the roads were back open by 9:10 a.m. There doesn’t appear to be any lingering effects as a result of this incident.

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