Emergency crews respond to chemical spill in Zeeland

Posted at 7:40 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-02 05:19:09-04

ZEELAND, Mich — Ottawa County Dispatchers tell FOX17 a chemical spill in Zeeland appears to be cleaned up.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said N. Centennial is shutdown in front of Vertellus Specialties. The roadway was blocked off between Washington and Carlton for the response.

The call came in just before 7:00 p.m. on Friday at 215 N. Centennial in the business industrial area.

Authorities said a HAZMAT team is assisting with the investigation.

A fire captain at the scene tells FOX 17 News a tank located outside of the business ruptured, sending fumes into the air.  Those fumes contained a chemical that can become potentially dangerous when interacting with water according to the captain.  It was raining when the spill happened Friday night.

No injuries were reported.

Fire officials at the scene say the spill did make its way across some nearby railroad tracks, leading to the stoppage of a nearby train heading to Grand Rapids.

Officials with Zeeland Community Hospital say they were placed on a precautionary lockdown following the spill, only accepting emergency medical patients during the chemical spill investigation.

A spokesperson for Vertellus released the following statement to FOX17 Friday night:

“On the evening of Friday, April 1 the Vertellus facility located at 215 N. Centennial experienced a release.  In keeping with established safety protocol at the site, the Zeeland Fire Department was notified and Vertellus is working with authorities to resolve the situation.”

We will continue to bring you updates on this investigation as it comes in.