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Chemical spill forces classes in Fresno City College building to be canceled for day

A chemical spill on Thursday morning forced cancellation of classes at the Math and Science Building at Fresno City College for the remainder of the day.

The spill reportedly took place in a chemistry lab about 9 a.m. Fresno firefighters arrived at the scene near East McKinley and North Glenn avenues with a hazardous materials team to secure the incident.

Fire department spokesman Robert Castillo said the incident took place as a class of about 30 students were asked to identify acids among seven different materials.

One of the students dropped a container, and splashed four students, Castillo said.

That prompted a hazardous materials protocol, and students were ordered out of the building. The four students splashed with the material “self-decontaminated,” according to Castillo, then were taken to a hospital for routine check-ups.

Fresno County Environmental Health was on scene as part of the cleanup.

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