Lufkin Fire Department HazMat team responds to chlorine spill

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A HazMat team from the Lufkin Fire Department worked to clean up a chlorine spill at the Live Well Athletic Club after the business's owner accidentally knocked a hole in a 500-gallon tank of pool chemicals Tuesday morning.

According to an LFD battalion chief at the scene, the HazMat team members used a special material to create a temporary plug for the hole in the chlorine tank. The chlorine left in the tank will be transferred to a temporary tank.

Currently, the HazMat team is working to contain the spill. Grady Lowery, Live Well's owner, said the athletic club's swimming pool and any activities in its vicinity will probably be shut down until at least 2:30 or 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Lowery said they will be bringing a new chlorine tank in from Houston. He said they hope to have the new tank installed by Wednesday.

According to Lowery, an employee accidentally backed into the tank when he was working on the athletic club property with a small lawn tractor or "mule"-type ATV and punched a hole in it.

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