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Chemicals in warehouse fire in North St. Louis are not toxic, company says

In a press release, the company stated the first began around 1:30 p.m. at the Transchemical Warehouse.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Fire Department is responding to the 400 block of East DeSoto for a fire in a large manufacturing warehouse. 

The fire occurred at TransChemical, a company that works with consumer chemicals and ingredients used in food, drinks cosmetics and manufacturing. 

In a press release, the company stated the fire began around 1:30 p.m. at the Transchemical Warehouse. The fire occurred in a section of the facility where they store and package different products.

TransChemical said in the press release that the fire did burn consumer chemicals that are generally used as cleaning agents for mechanical parts. They are not toxic, according to the company, and the smoke and fumes should not have any health effects to the community.

The fire was deemed a second-alarm fire and is almost out, according to Chief Jenkerson.

There were nine workers in the building at the time of the fire, all are accounted for and there are no reports of any injuries. 

Both the Hazardous Materials Task Force and Chemical Unit are on the scene to investigate the possible chemicals consumed in the warehouse once the fire has been extinguished.

TransChemical also stated their warehouse did have significant damage due to the fire and will be closed for an indefinite period of time. 

An investigation will be conducted to determine how the fire started and how to prevent an incident in the future. TransChemical said they will cooperate with agencies who are investigating the fire. 

This is a developing story. 5 On Your Side will update as soon information becomes available.

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