Chemical Fire Prompts Evacuations In Wilkinsburg

WILKINSBURG (KDKA) – A chemical fire prompted evacuations at an apartment complex in Wilkinsburg Thursday morning.

According to police, the incident happened around 10:45 a.m. in the 500-block of Franklin Avenue.

Maintenance workers were putting bromide tablets into the pool filter, when some type of chemical fire began. The filter was in a closeted area without a lot of ventilation.

Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Chief Darryl Jones said they went through a basic procedure and that was to evacuate, ventilate and investigate.

“There is material safety data sheets provided when you buy the stuff, especially in bulk and those people who have personal pools need to read the directions very carefully just to make sure that they are doing things properly. It only takes one mistake, one slip,” Chief Jones said.

No one was injured in this incident and residents have been allowed are back inside their homes.

The Allegheny County fire marshal was called to determine the cause of the fire.


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