Chemical spill at Woonsocket mill sends 3 to hospital

Photo: Tim Garcia/WPRI-TV

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Three first responders were taken to the hospital Monday after coming across a chemical spill inside a Woonsocket building.

According to officials on scene, crews responded at about 7 p.m. to a reported fire at a mill building on Privilege Street. Upon arrival, they encountered chemicals on the second floor that looked like they were purposely spilled over.

“We did find a small fire that is under investigation,” Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Oakland added.

The three first responders exited the building after noticing irritation in their throats. They were transported to Landmark Medical Center for treatment while a hazmat team and other agencies were called to the scene.

Oakland said there is no danger to the public.

Once the building is deemed safe, investigators will work to identify the chemicals and evaluate the air quality.