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Hazmat Incident In Ventura County Leads To School Shutdown

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Ventura County firefighters at scene of chemical spill in Santa Paula

Students at a Ventura County school had to shelter in place for a few hours after a chemical leak at a nearby fruit packing facility sent strong fumes into the air.

The problem was first reported just before noon Thursday, at a facility at Main Street and Peck Road in Santa Paula.

Students and staff at nearby Blanchard Elementary School were ordered to shelter in place. Ventura County firefighters and a hazardous materials team responded. The fruit facility was evacuated.

It was determined that a chlorine spill led to the strong smell. One person was treated for exposure to the chlorine.

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