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Fire chief defends total highway closure at hazmat truck fire

The large, toxic blaze sent 10 to the hospital, prompting the chief to err on the side of caution

By Duncan Gibbon
The Coventry Telegraph

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY, England — The fireman in charge of the toxic lorry blaze on the M6 has revealed how the various chemicals on board hampered their efforts to fight the flames.

Nuneaton station commander Steve Langhor said the truck carried 1,000 litres of highly flammable acetone, containers of toxic carbon hydrochloride, and a "whole list of other chemicals", some of which react violently to water.

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Joel Langlois Joel Langlois Saturday, December 15, 2012 11:54:49 AM And if the cloud had been toxic and had the potential to kill for a km wide area, People would have been complaining they had not done enough! the life of a firefighter! Damned if you do...damned if you don`t. GREAT work by the chief, better to be alive and wrong, then dead and right!
Michael Davidson Michael Davidson Saturday, December 15, 2012 11:58:51 AM The chief's job is simply to protect the safety of the public and his staff...he did that very thing.
Troy Peebles Troy Peebles Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:11:48 PM Job well done Chief.
Matt Foster Matt Foster Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:17:27 PM Sounds like a great job done and proper decision making. He protected the public and the responder, so there is really no issue at all as far as I am concerned.
Tim Jensen Tim Jensen Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:23:47 PM I FEEL HE DID WHAT WAS NECESSARY. HIS JUDGEMENT WAS PERFECT. OVERKILL IS BETTER THAN UNDERKILL WITH CASUALTIES OR LONG TERM ILLNESSES. GREAT JOB!
Bryan Smith Bryan Smith Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:34:27 PM He did the right thing
Chris Cinotto Chris Cinotto Saturday, December 15, 2012 1:12:24 PM Good move Chief! Safety first!
Rory Groessl Rory Groessl Saturday, December 15, 2012 1:14:14 PM The nay-sayers probably don't have a clue about the fire service or hazmat operations... sounds like a job well done chief!
Thomas Beal Thomas Beal Saturday, December 15, 2012 1:26:45 PM Chief did an spot on job. People are just upset because they didn't get to go the way they wanted and were a little late.
Ricky Collins Ricky Collins Saturday, December 15, 2012 1:42:44 PM I believe everything was justified! Keep up the good work. Saving lives is more important than driving down a stretch of roadway.
Christopher Deacon Christopher Deacon Saturday, December 15, 2012 2:59:23 PM He did well. If any had died , they would have crucified him. Rather be stuck in traffic than be dead. Easier to explain your actions when there is no loss of life.
Danny LaShelle Danny LaShelle Saturday, December 15, 2012 8:44:19 PM Spot on chief, Great job!
Carol Ann Carol Ann Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:09:13 PM CHLORINE GAS TRANSPORTATION SAFETY First Responders ask federal administrations to consider adding secondary containment to rail tank cars used to transport chlorine gas, providing lifesaving safety to First Responders and the public they serve. See First Responders Comments at PETITION C KIT.

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