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Hazmat Incident In Ventura County Leads To School Shutdown

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)
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.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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