Firefighters attending chemical spill

TALIA SHADWELL AND KAROLINE TUCKEY
Last updated 15:12 16/06/2014
Hazmat Raumati
KAROLINE TUCKEY/FAIRFAX NZ

DANGER: The Fire Service has rushed to a chemical spill in Raumati.

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Hazardous chemical specialists from the army have joined a large contingent of fire fighters working to contain a chemical spill in Raumati. 

Vapours were reported coming from a container filled with an unknown substance at a property in Rata Rd at about 2.20pm. 

Two fire appliances from Kapiti and two supporting decontamination units from Wellington have been called out to the Rata Rd incident, and army specialists joined them at about 3.45pm, fire communications shift commander Mike Wanoa said.

The volume of the chemical is not known, but the vapours emitted are believed to be hazardous, he said. 

''Apart from that there are several 20-litre containers, they are guessing they are things like paint and hydrogen peroxide.

"The labels have been ... we can't read them. But that's the only one that has been leaking.''The call to what appears to be residential property on Rata Rd was upgraded soon after the initial crew arrived at the scene, he said. 

The chemicals had begun emitting a hazardous vapour, he said.

The call to what appears to be residential property on Rata Rd has been upgraded since the initial crew arrived, he said.

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