One person was injured after a chemical spill last night on the West Campus of Mercy Medical Center North Iowa. Mason City Fire Chief Bob Platts says there was a sodium hydroxide leak in the facility’s laundry area known as “Textile Services.”. One person was found not breathing in that area, but Platts says it’s not know whether or not that was due to the leak.
He says once the fire department arrived, they realized that chemicals had been released in an area where they are used…that area was cordoned off until a private company came in to clean up the product. Platts says the chemical spill was well maintained and has already been cleaned up.
He says it was mostly contained to one room, and none of it got out into the environment. A spokeswoman for the hospital says they will be issuing a news release about the incident later today.
By Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City