About 45 people at Kadena Air Base were affected by exposure to smoke or chlorine gas from a fire that started at a hazardous materials facility, officials say. The fire has been extinguished, according to a media release. Fire and emergency personnel from the 18th Wing responded to the scene just before 9 a.m. local time and quickly contained the fire to the HAZMAT facility.
H/T: Military Times
“Due to smoke from the burning building and the potential release of chlorine gas, buildings and personnel in the affected area were evacuated,” according to the release. “Bioenvironmental personnel and emergency responders remain on the scene to monitor the situation and ensure there’s no safety risk to the community.”
Firefighters are battling at a blaze that started just before 9 a.m. Monday at the 18th Wing Hazardous Materials Pharmacy on Kadena Air Base.https://t.co/x6fL0lNO8m— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) June 22, 2020
The blaze began in the morning in the building at Kadena Air Base and was extinguished several hours later, the U.S. Air Force said.https://t.co/4Np8MMWUzc— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) June 22, 2020
🇯🇵#BREAKING Smoke rises from a fire that started at a hazardous materials building at #Kadena Air Base, #Japan, Monday. The #fire on-base has released #chlorine gas particles, which may cause eye irritation, runny nose, or throat irritation. pic.twitter.com/6Vk9dSTBpP— CCTV Asia Pacific (@CCTVAsiaPacific) June 22, 2020