Clean up underway after chemicals found at house fire

Clean up begins after chemicals found at house fire. (WDTN Photo/Eric Pointer)
Clean up begins after chemicals found at house fire. (WDTN Photo/Eric Pointer)

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) – Underneath the rubble of a house fire, investigators found some suspicious chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency says the chemicals are not hazardous to the community, but they are taking extra precautions since it is unknown exactly what the chemicals are.

The house fire on Jacamar Court in Springboro burned the labels off about 50 chemicals. Since the chemicals are unknown the EPA is taking the lead on the clean up.

“The plan is for additional personnel and equipment to mobilize in the beginning of next week. And we’ll start the removal piece by piece of the contaminated property,” said Steve Renninger, on-scene coordinator with the EPA.

He says the public isn’t in any danger and they are monitoring to make sure there are no hazardous chemicals in the air. He says they will also have a meeting next Tuesday to explain their plan and answer questions from neighbors.

“All through the work being done we’ll have air monitoring, said Renninger. “Not only to protect the workers on scene, but the surrounding public as well.”

Renninger says the clean up with take several weeks.

Clearcreek fire chief says they haven’t been able to determine the cause of the fire. “In simple terms or layman’s terms this gentlemen was a hoarder. So we were unable to open his doors. Firefighters could not walk down the hallways with our equipment on,” said chief Bob Kidd.

Crews will also be testing the soil to check for contamination, both at the house and in surrounding areas. They will also be working to identify those chemicals.

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