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Hazmat crews respond to OKC chemical issue

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A few people have been treated at the scene for chemical inhalation at a Northwest OKC business.

Fire authorities said those sickened by the fumes did not need to be taken to the hospital.

Authorities said some chemicals were accidentally mixed at Macklanburg-Duncan and made a few people ill just before 3 p.m. Thursday.

Hazmat crews responded to the scene at the flooring and ceiling company near N.E. 41st St. and Santa Fe Ave.

The names of those sickened have not been released. 

They are all expected to recover.

Statement from MD Building Products: 

The safety of our employees is without question our highest priority. Safety is a major emphasis. Shortly after an employee working in the extrusion area of the plant noticed a small plume of smoke rising, we promptly initiated prescribed internal safety procedures to protect our employees, including the evacuation of the building. As part of the process, we immediately alerted the proper local authorities, who dispatched specialists familiar with these types of the situations. While we are still assessing the situation, we have contacted the appropriate local, state and federal authorities. As a matter of course, we will conduct an internal review of practices and procedures to determine what can be done in the future to ensure a similar situation doesn’t occur again. As a precautionary measure, emergency personnel have evaluated employees who worked in the area of our plant where the situation occurred, as well as any other employees who wished to be evaluated. Emergency personnel did not deem it necessary to transport any of our employees to the hospital.