Chemical spill causes hazmat situation in Va. Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) - A chemical spill resulted in a hazmat situation in the 4700 block of Baxter Rd. in Virginia Beach Saturday afternoon.

According to a release from the Virginia Beach Fire Department, this incident was called in at around 1:50 p.m.

The spill contained a mixture including potassium hydroxide, a highly caustic chemical. According to the release, potassium hydroxide is used as part of the cremation process. 

Although the release didn't identify the business involved, the only facility with cremation facilities in that area is a veterinary hospice, which provides end-of-life services for pets.

The release said there were two minor injuries as a result of exposure to the chemicals. They were transported to a hospital for treatment. Their conditions were not provided. There were no injuries to firefighters.

A total of 26 firefighters and six EMS personnel were involved in the incident response.

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