SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Emergency crews responded to reports of an acid spill at a Salt Lake City chemical company on Friday.
Salt Lake City Fire officials confirmed that the spill involved close to 2,000 gallons of sulfuric acid.
"It was a lot bigger than their containment pond could hold and some got into the ground," says Battalion Chief Clair Baldwin. "The health department will be monitoring it to make sure there's no groundwater contamination."
The spill happened at Brenntag Pacific Chemical company site on 2334 West Directors Row, just west of the I-215 Belt Route.
Fire officials said that the chemical plant was evacuated, as city and county hazardous materials teams were called in to respond.
"Nobody was injured," says Jasen Asay with the Salt Lake City fire department. " There were about ten (workers) in the building but everybody was evacuated."
Surrounding businesses and their employees were put on alert as crews worked to contain the spill.
"They say indoors," says Sergio Seriano who stays at a halfway house close to the spill. "But I had to go to work so that's the only reason they let me out.
But everybody else has to stay in the house."
A fire official said the spill happened as workers were transferring the sulfuric acid from a train tanker car into the facility when a hose ruptured.
A cleanup crew that specializes in haz mat spills is on site attempting to cleanup the spill.