Fuming! Smoke-eaters clean up ammonia mess in Bay Ridge

Where’s the fire?: Nearly a dozen firefighters deployed to 307 69th Street on July 23 in response to a complaint about chemical fumes.
Photo by Steve Schnibbe

Turns out, you can be too clean!

A Fire Department hazardous materials crew had to gear up and remove spilled cleaning products from a 69th Street basement on July 23.

Suit up: Hazardous materials workers donned protective suits to handle the products discovered in the basement.
Photo by Steven Schnibbe

FDNY said that fumes from mixed ammonia and other agents seeped into businesses and apartments above the cellar near the corner of Third Avenue, setting off alarms. Smoke-eaters arrived at 12:15 pm and evacuated tenants. A clean-up crew, clad in head-to-toe hazmat suits and gas masks, removed the chemicals from the basement by 12:45 pm.

No one was taken to the hospital.

In the bag: The FDNY team sealed up materials contaminated with the mixed cleaning products.
Photo by Steve Schnibbe

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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