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Air monitored at Elmwood fire scene due to vats of hydrochloric acid

A fire at an Elmwood Avenue industrial site Monday night may have been sparked by the heating coil on one of two 5,000-gallon vats of hydrochloric acid, according to the Buffalo Fire Department Alarm Office.

The blaze at Frontier Hot Dip Galvanizing, 1740 Elmwood Ave., behind The Foundry just south of Hertel Avenue, caused $150,000 in damage, the Alarm Office said.

The fire in the 50-foot by 300-foot building was reported at 11:12 p.m. Haz mat crews from the Buffalo Fire Department monitored the air for contaminants and decontaminated the firefighters at the scene.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation was notified of the incident, the fire department said. No injuries were reported.

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