Haze, odor trigger first-alarm haz-mat call at Phoenix chemical company

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 1:44 PM

Map: 113 S. 47th Ave.

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PHOENIX -- Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning hazardous materials situation at the Phoenix warehouse of a chemical company.

Firefighters were called to the Troy Corporation facility on 47th Avenue south of Van Buren Street at about 5 a.m. Friday.

An employee reporting for work noticed a light haze inside the building, as well as a strange smell.

No fire was found, but the building was evacuated while firefighters went in to determine what caused the haze and the odor.

"This is kind of a slow process," Phoenix fire Capt. Tony Mure told 3TV's Jill Galus. The danger right now is to our firefighters. ... There's no threat to the public right now."

The haz-mat team members are turned out in special chemical-resistant gear and each one has to go through a decontamination process has he comes out of the building.

"This is a lengthy process to determine what this chemical or what is causing this haze in the building," he said.

No injuries have been reported and no other information was immediately available.

Based in New Jersey, Troy Corporation "develops and manufactures performance materials for industry."

"Troy products meet unique customer requirements and add value in a wide range of end use markets, including coatings, wood preservatives, inks, plastics, adhesives, metalworking and drilling fluids, and home, institutional, and personal care products to name a few," reads the company's website.

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