Haz-mat incident in Cheney
Last updated 9/9/2020 at 3:31pm
CHENEY -- Emergency response crews are onsite at a hazardous materials incident at Centennial Mills in downtown Cheney, 601 1st St. According to an alert posted on the city's website, 1st Street is closed between C Street and College Avenue. Residents are asked to avoid the area if possible.
According to an employee, the incident involves a chlorine leak that happened as a result of a broken chlorine bottle at the Archer-Daniels Midland facility. Response teams from Cheney Fire Department, Police Department, Spokane County Fire District 3, Eastern Washington University Police Department and Spokane Fire Department and Fire Hazmat unit.
As of 9:45 a.m., crews were still waiting to enter the building.
Update as of 12:31 p.m. -- After crews gained access to the building they were able to determine a "zero reading" indicating a lack of an ongoing leak. Response crews are leaving the site and 1st Street should reopen soon.
Update as of 12:57 p.m.--Cheney Fire Department Chief Tom Jenkins has confirmed that 1st Street has re-opened.