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UPDATE: Firefighters treated following chemical reaction inside area plant

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Turtle Lake (WQOW) - Nine employees and seven firefighters were treated at the hospital because of a chemical reaction inside an area plant.

It happened Thursday morning at Sanmina, a manufacturer in Turtle Lake.  The Barron County sheriff says three chemicals were inadvertently mixed together, which created a cloud of hydrochloric acid.  The plant was evacuated around 11 a.m. and so was the area around the plant, including a senior living facility and a business.  Everyone was moved to the nearby elementary school.

The sheriff believed all nine employees, who were taken to the hospital, had minor respiratory issues.  The firefighters were checked out for contamination and were released from the hospital.  The sheriff says crews cleared the scene after 2 p.m. and everyone was allowed to return to their home or office.

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Turtle Lake (WQOW) - An area business is back in business after a scare on Thursday.

Sanmina, a Turtle Lake manufacturer, was evacuated around 11:30 a.m.  Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says officers were called because of a chemical reaction inside the plant.  A mixture of three chemicals created a cloud of hydrochloric acid.

Nine people were sent to the hospital with minor respiratory issues.

The factory was evacuated along with some buildings around the plant, including a senior living facility.  Everyone was taken to the nearby elementary school.

Sheriff Fitzgerald says crews cleared the scene after 2:00 p.m. and everyone was allowed to return to their home or office.

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Turtle Lake (WQOW) - Nine people were sent to the hospital with respiratory issues after a chemical spill inside a factory.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Sanmina, a plastics manufacturer in Turtle Lake.  The factory was evacuated along with some buildings around the plant, including a senior living facility.  Everyone was evacuated to the elementary school, a few blocks away.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the nine patients have minor respiratory problems.  He doesn't know what chemical spilled, but says firefighters and HAZMAT crews are on the scene.  Sheriff Fitzgerald believes they have the spill contained inside the plant and says there's no need for further evacuations.

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Barron County (Press Release) - On 12-20-12 at 10:51am the Barron County Sheriff's Dept received a report of a possible chemical spill at the Sanmina Plant in the Village of Turtle Lake.

Members of the Turtle Lake Police Dept, Barron County Sheriff's Dept, Turtle Fire and First Responders, 3 Cumberland, 2 Mayo, a Lakeview Medical Center, a Chetek, an Amery and Clear Lake Ambulance, Rice Lake Fire Dept, St Croix Falls and Eau Claire Haz Mat Team and Almena Fire Dept all responded to the scene.  Members of the Wisconsin State Patrol, Polk Co Sheriff's Dept and Cumberland Police Dept also assisted with this incident.

Initial investigations shows that 3 different chemicals were inadvertently mixed together causing a cloud of Hydrochloric Acid.  The plant was evacuated and initially 5 employees were transported to area hospital with respiratory issues. 

The area around the plant was evacuated, including a senior living facility and a business and the Turtle Lake Elementary school gym was used a safe zone.  All transported there were the 60 employees from Sanmina and 4 of them had respiratory symptoms and were transported to area hospitals.

The surrounding area was clear and people were allowed back in shortly after 2pm and the plant spill was contained and cleaned up and all units were clear at about 3pm.

Turtle Lake Police Chief would like to thank all the responding agencies for their help with this incident.  He would also like to especially thank all the citizens of Turtle Lake for their help in the evacuation, including the St Croix Casino, the Turtle Lake School District and Turtle Lake Cenex.  Without all these peoples help this incident would not have ran so smoothly. 

Also 7 area firemen were transported to local hospitals to be checked out for contamination but were released.

Due to recent events in the country we want to advise everyone that at no time were any children put in danger or were in any danger during this event.

This incidents remains under investigation by the Turtle Lake Police Dept and Turtle Lake Fire Department.

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