© THE GUARDIAN/Nigel Armstrong
Chlorine gas drifted through the area behind Delta Prince Edward, bringing a HAZMAT team to the scene
The Charlottetown Fire Department responded to a call at the Delta Prince Edward hotel Monday following a chemical incident in the shipping and receiving area of the building.
“There was a concern over a chemical mixture for the pool that may have been putting a potentially harmful gas into the air,” said Charlottetown Fire Chief Randy MacDonald in a statement issued by the department. “The Charlottetown Fire Department was called to the scene at approximately 1 p.m.”
Businesses within 100 feet were evacuated as a precaution, but have since returned to normal operations.
The Provincial Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Team was called as part of the fire department’s protocol when dealing with such chemical incidents.
The chemical involved was Hy-Clor Granular Pool Chlorine. Water and a stabilizing agent were added to the granular pool chlorine to dilute it. The City’s Water and Sewer Utility tested the diluted concentration as an added precaution.
The fire station’s Engine 1 remained on scene for two and a half hours to ensure the incident was contained and dealt with safely.