DEVELOPING: Chemical mixture creates toxic cloud at Turtle Lake plant

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BARRON, Wis. (BARRON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS 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 Dept

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff
Al Gabe, Turtle Lake Police Chief
TURTLE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) - Three chemicals were inadvertently mixed at an LED lighting manufacturer, causing a toxic cloud.

It happened Thursday morning at Sanmina in Turtle Lake. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the mixture created a cloud of hydrochloric acid. Sixty people were evacuated from the building, nine of whom had minor respiratory issues. Two other buildings were also evacuated.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department left the scene at 3 p.m. Thursday.

WEAU 13 News sent a message to a Sanmina spokesman, seeking comment on the incident, but has not heard back.
TURTLE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU)- 60 people were evacuated after a chemical spill at a business in Turtle Lake.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department says it happened shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday at Sanmina in Turtle Lake. 60 people were evacuated from the building. 9 of those had minor respiratory issues. Two other buildings were also evacuated, including an elderly senior building and another business. People evacuated were taken to the Turtle Lake school gym.

The sheriff's department says it's trying to determine what the spill is. There are a couple of hazmat teams on scene right now.

We'll have more on this story on later newscasts and on our website.

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