NEW ROCHELLE, NY — A chemical spill at the New Rochelle YMCA at 50 Weyman Avenue has caused a hazmat incident, causing multiple injuries.
New Rochelle Police and Fire Departments were called at 7:14 a.m.
The New Rochelle Police Department has declared a Mass Casualty Incident and requested five ambulances to the New Rochelle YMCA on Weyman Avenue.
“Mass Casualty” incident in New Rochelle at the YMCA. Chlorine mistakenly mixed with another chemical filled the building with fumes. 11 taken to hospital. Witnesses say it felt like their lungs were on fire, mad dash to escape the building. pic.twitter.com/qREPulHz1N— Tony Aiello (@AielloTV) September 20, 2021
Thirteen people were injured, according to New Rochelle Police.
UPDATE: Tony Aiello says NRFD says hydrochloric acid was mixed with chlorine.
UPDATE: Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx is setting up for Decontamination of patients from the New Rochelle YMCA. Larchmont Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps are transporting 4 people with Advanced Life Support to Jacobi. One person is in severe respiratory distress.
UPDATE: Avoid the area of Home Depot in New Rochelle on Weyman Avenue. Air quality issue due to release of chemical vapors at New Rochelle YMCA.
UPDATE: New York City Fire Department is setting up Decontamination at Jacobi.
UPDATE: New Rochelle EMS transporting 3 people to White Plains Hospital, two on Advance Life Support, 1 on Basic Life Support.
UPDATE: Pelham Manor Fire Department assisting. Pelham Manor Fire Chief Ruggiero reports that the outdoor air in the area appears to be unaffected at this time.
Residents are asked to avoid the area near the Home Depot in New Rochelle. Although the facts are not clear at this time, it appears as though a pool chemical accident has occurred at the YMCA on Weyman Ave. in New Rochelle There is a large police, fire and EMS presences in the area as the situation is being addressed. Any unnecessary traffic in the area will impede emergency response.
UPDATE: NRPD PRESS RELEASE: Chemical Exposure – Multiple Medical Cases
On September 20th, 2021, at about 07:14am, New Rochelle Police Officers and New Rochelle Fire Fighters responded to the YMCA at 50 Weyman Avenue on a report of a chemical exposure causing respiratory distress to multiple patrons.
The cause of the exposure is under investigation by New Rochelle Police Detectives and at this time, appears to be that an accidental mixture of chemicals created a hazardous condition leading to respiratory distress to 13 people who were transported to area hospitals.
Current information indicates that this incident was indeed accidental and not criminal in nature.
Further inquiries can be made to the New Rochelle Fire Department at 914-654-2212.
Tony Aiello of CBS2 interviewed witnesses and victims here.