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Ardsley Building Evacuated After Chemical Spill

ARDSLEY, N.Y. – ICL Industrial Products of America evacuated employees from its Ardsley building Monday afternoon after a chemical spillage according to the Greenburgh Police Department.  The incident prompted responses from the Hastings Fire Department, the Town of Greenburgh Technical Rescue Team, Greenburgh police along with ambulances and other first responders.

“Apparently it was an isolated cubicle or room so it was limited to that area,” said Greenburgh Lt. BJ Ryan of the chemical spill.  “The Westchester County Hazmat Team entered the location and neutralized the chemical.”

According to its website , ICL IP of America is a leading manufacturer of phosphorus-based flame retardants, clear brines for the oil and gas exploration industries, magnesia and chlorine based salts along with fertilizer and specialty chemicals.

An odor of natural gas was in the air as firefighters and other responders blocked off the upper parking lot of 410 Saw Mill River Rd for nearly two hours.  Ryan said the chemical, which had “corrosive elements,” was spilled on the third floor in an isolated area where technicians are in contact with the chemicals.

There were approximately five fire engines and three ambulances outside of the building as approximately 15 employees gathered in the lower parking lot.

While employees said they were not allowed to comment on the situation, one said they had been standing outside “for a while” while the situation was being investigated.

Greenburgh Chief of Police Joseph DeCarlo said the department received a call about the incident at 1:38 p.m.  Fire engines and other first responder vehicles began leaving the scene just before 3:30 p.m.  While DeCarlo confirmed there was a chemical leak he made it clear that the incident had been handled effectively.

“Nobody was injured,” DeCarlo said.

Ryan said the scene of the incident is now safe and that the building had been reoccupied.

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