Hazmat responds to Marlborough company


The Marlborough Fire Department Station sits on Maple Street. Photo/Laura Hayes
The Marlborough Fire Department Station sits on Maple Street. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

MARLBOROUGH – The Marlborough Fire Department responded to chemical spill at Rinchem on Hayes Memorial Drive shortly before 11 a.m. Jan. 19. 

It led to response by the Department of Fire Services District 3 hazmat team and a cleanup company.

Rinchem is company that provides temperature warehousing, packaging and transportation for various chemicals.

The spill was sulfuric acid, is a common chemical used to make other chemicals, in the refining process of petroleum products and as used in the manufacture of automotive batteries. Between 200 to 250 gallons spilled.

Initial response included Engine 2, Tower 1, Rescue 1, and Car 5.  The captain of Engine 3 is a member of the District 3 hazmat team and notified the incident commander to have Engine 3 respond to the scene. Marlborough Car 1, Car 2 and Car 3 also responded to the scene.

Engine 2, Rescue 1, Tower 1 cleared the scene. The command vehicles stayed a bit longer. 

A reserve engine was staffed to cover Engine 3’s district. The District 3 team was on standby on scene while the hazmat clean up company moved some reactive chemicals out of the spill area. Engine 3 stood by to perform rapid access emergency decontamination should something go sideways. 

The incident was ended at 6:05 p.m.

The District 3 hazmat team is one of six throughout the state, and they take care of hazardous material incidents for 48 communities.


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