Evacuations after chemical spill in West Chester

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Evacuations after chemical spill in West Chester

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The West Chester Fire Department was on the scene of a chemical lime spill at SES, a company on Joseph James Drive, off Duff Drive. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

UPDATE @ 9:26 p.m.:

Barricades have been removed from the roads and fire crews have all left the scene of the chemical spill in West Chester Twp., according to our news crew that was at the scene.

UPDATE @ 6:32 p.m.:

Duff Drive businesses are also being evacuated between Commerce Park to State Route 747, according to the township.

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m.:

Commerce Park Drive is closed to traffic between Duff and Crescentville due to the chemical spill and clean-up efforts, according to officials.

Businesses on Commerce Drive are being evacuated “for the safety of all involved,” Wilson said.

INITIAL REPORT:

The West Chester Fire Department is on the scene of a chemical lime spill at a company on Joseph James Drive, off Duff Drive.

The spill at SES has created a dust cloud in the area, according to Barb Wilson, township spokeswoman.

The fire department is encouraging those in the area to remain indoors with windows and doors closed and HVAC systems turned off.

Lime can cause skin and eye irritation and can cause respiratory issues.

This affects properties in the area of south of Muhlhauser to Crescentville, between State Route 747 and International, but anyone in that vicinity should use caution, according to Wilson.

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