Hazmat contain leak after 50+ gallons of chemicals spill near downtown Colorado Springs

More than 50 gallons spilled following a structure fire overnight Monday.
Published: May. 22, 2023 at 7:14 AM MDT|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 10:33 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Hazmat team has contained a chemical spill at a business in downtown Colorado Springs Monday morning.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department tweeted just before 7 a.m. that multiple companies were responding to the 500 block of East Cimarron Street, where more than 50 gallons had spilled. Officials on scene told 11 News numerous different chemicals were leaking from a storage area at the Best Finishes business, and crews were taking every precaution because they don’t know what the chemicals were.

The fire department tweeted minutes later that a safety zone had been established. Citizens were told to avoid the area of Cimarron Street and El Paso Street.

Crews were cleared from the scene at about 1:15 p.m.

The fire department has since updated that they found signs that a fire sparked in the building overnight, causing the leak. The fire did not cause any other damage.

Officials say the spill has been contained, and there is no threat to the area. The chemicals never seeped into any drains or water systems.