Bromide Leak At Lisle Corporate Offices Deemed Nontoxic
About 60 individuals were evacuated from the building at 1001 Warrenville Road in Lisle at 8 a.m., according to fire officials.
Update: 6:26 p.m., Wednesday June 6
Editor's note: Officials on the scene identified the incident as a bromine leak. The chemical compound was actually bromide, or Brom-T, according to the official release from the fire district. Bromide is a chemical compound that contains bromine or a bromine ion. It is considered less reactive than bromine. The references below to bromine are corrected.
Update: 10:10 a.m., Wednesday, June 6
Wednesday's chemical leak at a corporate office in Lisle on Warrenville road is not deemed hazardous, according to Lisle-Woodridge Fire officials. Fire Department Bureau Chief Jim French likened the bromide in the leak to a pool chemical.
A pump failure occurred around 8 a.m. in the building's mechanical room. The failing equipment pumps water with bromide tablets throughout the entire corporate office. The pump failure led to a leakage, which created a light smoke that triggered the buildings fire alarms shortly after 8 a.m.
Lisle firefighters and police officers responded to the leak shortly after 8 a.m. French said around 60 people were evacuated from the building. No injuries were reported and no individuals were transported to the hospital, said French.
HAZMAT teams from Downers Grove and Naperville Fire Districts responded to the scene to assist the leak. The teams entered the building and shut down the pump which distributes the solution throughout the entire corporate office.
The fire department then sent up a ventilator at the south-east corner of the building facing away from Warrenville Road, in addition to air-monitoring equipment.
Officials began to leave the scene at 10 a.m. French said the building owners will be able to decide whether they want to open the building today but it should be open tomorrow at the latest.
Two weeks prior to this incident, firefighters completed evacuation training with the occupants of this building among others along Warrenville Road.
Lisle firefighters and police officers responded to a bromide leak at 1001 Warrenville Road shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The building was evacuated. No one is being let on to the property. HAZMAT teams are inside, attempting to contain the leak.
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