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Chemical spill causes evacuations at Wadsworth High School and YMCA

By Beau Dusz correspondent


WADSWORTH: The entire Wadsworth High School and the city's Community Center were evacuated and closed Tuesday due to a hazard materials incident.

Mayor Robin Laubaugh said the incident occurred during a routine delivery of pool chemicals at the YMCA.

Service Director Chris Easton noted the fire department was contacted and the Medina County Haz Mat team was called in.

Safety Director Matt Hiscock said the mass notification system was used to alert residents to the evacuation and closure.

Easton explained the results of the haz mat investigation will determine if any liability issues are involved. The person delivering the chemicals was injured, according to Easton but his status was not known at the time.

Blue-suited haz mat team members with oxygen tanks entered the building two at a time. According to a member of the city's fire department, haz mat team members are allowed to be in the suits only for a short time.

Easton said the buildings are expected to be open tomorrow

In addition to the city's fire equipment and EMS squad, a HazMat Decon Unit, two other Medina County Haz Mat units, a heavy rescue unit from Sharon Township, and Medina County Technical Rescue unit were at the scene.

In addition to the 350,000 square foot high school the 70,000 square foot Community Center includes the Y, Soprema Senior Center and Cafe, Wadsworth Community Television, a Summa Center and a station for the public library.



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