Hospitals release at least 5 affected by chemical reaction at Vandalia factory

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At least 5 released from hospitals after chemical reaction at Vandalia factory

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UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m.:

11 people were transported by medics to hospitals after a possible mixing of chemicals caused burning feelings to several employees of All-Service Plastic Molding, according to Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick.

At least three other people were also injured but refused additional treatment, Follick said.

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Earlier, ASPM Vice President Dan Norris told News Center 7’s Lauren Clark materials “off-gassed” during a chemical process and caused workers to be affected by fumes.

At least five of those affected have been released from hospitals.

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m (June 28)

At least five people affected by a chemical reaction have been released from hospitals.

A 911 caller from the business said a possible mixing of chemicals caused “the chemicals to burn everybody’s eyes. It’s kind of burning my throat.”

A second 911 caller from the business said a material accidentally got mixed with acetone.

The company’s vice president told News Center 7’s Lauren Clark today that eight employees were affected.

The company said materials “off-gassed” during a chemical process which caused workers to be affected by fumes — reporting itchy eyes, headaches and respiratory issues.

Vice President Dan Norris said the company is conducting its own investigation.

UPDATE @ 1:25 a.m. (June 28)

An “adverse chemical reaction” sent 15 workers from  All-Service Plastic Molding to area hospitals, none suffering from life-threatening injuries, Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick said.

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FROM SCENE: Several ill in HAZMAT situation at Vandalia business

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“When crews arrived, we found the building being evacuated,” Follick said. “We also found victims complaining of respiratory-type irritation -- eyes, some headaches.”

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According to the preliminary investigation, he said, some materials they were working with “off-gassed” during a process in the plant and caused some noxious fumes resulting in the 15 people having to be taken to hospitals.

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“It’s not anything they could have prevented,” the chief said. “It just happened.”

Fire crews ventilated the building and turned it over to company managers. Follick said he believes the second shift will run as it normally would.

Company managers did their job and made the job of the fire/rescue crews easier, he said.

The Dayton Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team was called and consulted, but did not respond because the HAZMAT official felt the fire crews had the situation well in hand, Follick said.

UPDATE @ 12:54 a.m.:   

As many as 15 victims have been taken to hospitals from the HAZMAT incident, according to an updated count from one of the fire chiefs on scene.

UPDATE @ 12:23 a.m.:

We're hearing there are at least eight victims who have been taken to various hospitals from the HAZMAT incident at All-Service Plastic Molding in Vandalia.

Two have been taken to Miami Valley Hospital, two to Grandview Medical Center, three to Good Samaritan North Health Center and one to Huber Heights Health Center.

We’re hearing that acetal is the chemical workers at ASPM may have inhaled.

According to ULprospector.com, a global independent safety science company, acetal is a thermoplastic.

Acetal resins are among the strongest and stiffest of all thermoplastics and are available in fiber reinforced and lubricated molding grades as well as extruded shapes for machined parts.

INITIAL REPORT (June 27)

Fire/rescue crews are tending to several people who have fallen ill in a reported hazmat situation at a Vandalia business.

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Crews from Vandalia, Huber Heights, Dayton and elsewhere were dispatched to All-Service Plastic Molding, 900 Falls Creek Drive, Tuesday night just before midnight on a report that workers there had inhaled acetone.

The business has been evacuated.

All-Service Plastic Molding, also known as ASPM, is a company that specializes in injection molding, according to its webpage.

It offers component assembly, pad printing, sonic welding and hot stamping services.

The company serves the automotive, consumer, electrical, medical, telecommunications, and office and business equipment markets.

All Service Plastic Molding has more than 25 presses that perform several molding procedures.

According to chemicalsafetyfacts.org, acetone is a colorless liquid solvent used in manufacture of plastics and other industrial products.

Acetone may also be used to a limited extent in household products, including cosmetics and personal care products, where its most frequent application would be in the formulation of nail polish removers.

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report as we get information.

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