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Hazmat Report at 70 Centre Street, Brookline

Brookline police, fire and EMS respond to a hazmat incident in Coolidge Corner which sent two to hospital and displaced a handful of residents.

A report of a paint-like chemical smell came in over the scanner at around 8 p.m. Thursday night. Police, fire and EMS were on scene at 70 Centre Street, an apartment building with a current construction project. 

While fire crews examined the interior of the building, police blocked Centre Street from Wellman to Williams, and EMTs tended to those affected at the intersection of Shailer and Harvard Streets. The contractor arrived at about 10:30 p.m. 

The incident displaced all of the residents, and two were sent to the hospital after being decontaminated. Scanner reports indicate that the smell may have been xylene, which Wikipedia says is a solvent used to clean metal, and is flammable. 

[Edit: The original version of this article incorrectly indicated that the call came in at 10 p.m., when the came in at 8:11 p.m. The piece also implied that only 10 people were displaced. This has been corrected. 4:12 p.m., May 21]

Stephen Walsh contributed to this report.

Stephen Walsh May 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Original call came in at 8:11pm
Bornfree May 18, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Actually all tenants were evacuated and slept at the homes of friends or in otels Brookline police, fire and other emergency personnel did a great job of notifying residents and convincing them to leave the premises
Stephen Walsh May 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I listened to the entire incident unfold and it was 100% professional. No panic and everyone worked together including the residents. If there is a bright spot of any bad event, this is definitely one of them.
Grahame Turner May 21, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Thanks for the correction! I've made the change.

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