Chemical leak stops traffic around Fort Wayne International Airport

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A small chemical leak at a plastics company tied up traffic entering and exiting Fort Wayne International Airport Monday afternoon.

Fire crews were called to Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. in the 3700 block of W. Ferguson Road, directly north of the airport, shortly before 2:00 p.m. According to an assistant fire chief, the 911 call was made after a minor amount of boron trichloride was released from a line as tanks were changed over.

Two people, the business’s owner and a chemist were able to contain the leak in the building and evacuated safely as the HVAC system cleared the smoke cloud.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department’s hazardous materials team responded and checked to make sure the situation was safe before clearing the area about 45 minutes after the initial response.

Two people were inside of the building at the time of the leak. They were able to get out of the building safely once the leak was contained.

No traffic was allowed to reach the airport from Bluffton Road during the investigation. Cars leaving the airport were not allowed to use Ardmore Avenue. Lanes were re-opened in all directions as fire trucks and police vehicles left the area.

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