Fire crews found various hazardous materials containers while responding to a small fire in a storage room at the Pasadena Courthouse early Monday, prompting a HazMat response that temporarily shut down the surrounding area, reports KTLA 5.
The fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. on the courthouse’s third floor, according to Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department.
When fire crews arrived at the courthouse — which is located at 300 E. Walnut St. — they made their way to the third floor and discovered smoke along with the containers, Derderian said. The fire was quickly extinguished, the spokeswoman said.
One firefighter inhaled a possibly toxic substance and had to be treated at the scene for “exposures,” according to Derderian, who stressed the incident was not burn-related.
The firefighter was not taken to a hospital and was expected to be OK, she said.
Neighboring fire agencies have been called in to assist with the removal of the hazardous materials.
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