Shelter-in-place advisory lifted again after chlorine leak

July 13, 2019

ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania have for the second time lifted a shelter-in-place advisory following a fire and chlorine gas leak at an abandoned industrial site.

Emergency responders in Beaver County said the blaze at the old Beaver Alkali Products facility in Rochester was reported at about 9 p.m. Friday. No evacuations were ordered, but residents were asked to stay inside with windows and doors closed.

The order was lifted after the blaze was reported under control at about 6 a.m. Saturday, but was reinstated “due to another chemical release.” The advisory was once again lifted Saturday afternoon, with emergency services officials saying “normal activities may be resumed.”

The Department of Environmental Protection said the building had been abandoned for about 10 years and an emergency demolition was conducted last week.

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