Winchester Fire and Rescue responds to small chemical spill near the Old Town Splash Pad

This morning around 8:00 am, Winchester Fire and Rescue responded to a 9-1-1 call from the City’s Facilities Maintenance Division concerning a chemical reaction that resulted in a chlorine plume in the pump room behind the Old Town Splash Pad. City staff was mixing chlorine to treat the water at the Splash Pad when the incident occurred. They called 9-1-1 and a staff member was transported to Winchester Medical Center. As a precaution, they are being treated and monitored for possible respiratory irritation.

Winchester Fire and Rescue worked to transfer the materials, then neutralize and secure the area. The scene was cleared at noon. An outside environmental cleanup company will also be called in to mitigate the spill and properly dispose of the materials. Until that work is finished, the Splash Pad will be closed. An estimate of when the cleanup will be completed cannot be determined at this time.

“There is no danger to the public or the environment caused by this incident,” explained Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief Allen Baldwin. “We are just taking the necessary precautions to make sure the area is cleaned up and the chemicals neutralized properly before reopening the Splash Pad to the public.”

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