Fire crews at the scene of a massive blaze in Bibb County have discovered several barrels of a hazardous chemical that could create dangerous gases if it burns, prompting emergency responders to ask nearby residents to shelter in place.

Don Hartley, the Division C Coordinator for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and News Director for Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa, was at scene of the fire Tuesday evening at Cahaba Pallets in Centreville.

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Hartley said Kirk Smith, the director of the Bibb County EMA, told him the barrels were empty, but contained residue of Isocyanate solution, which could create cyanide gas, and is urging anyone who lives near the site of the fire to stay inside and shelter in place.

A Tuscaloosa Hazmat crew is on the scene.

No injuries have been reported in the fire so far, but the business, Cahaba Pallets, was totally destroyed in the blaze.


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