Flammable gas detected at Norfolk Transfer Station

Posted at 10:27 AM, Feb 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-11 13:40:29-05

Norfolk, Va. - Crews are currently on scene of a possible HAZMAT situation, located in the 3100 block of Woodland Avenue at the SPSA Transfer Station.

According to Captain Hicks of Norfolk Fire and Rescue, at 9:15 a.m. on Monday morning, crews received reports from employees about a strong odor coming from the facility, making people "gag" and irritating their eyes and throats.

The building was then evacuated. Crews are currently on scene, running tests to determine what is causing the odor. So far, they report that flammable gas has been detected. Officials say they speculate the cause may be attributed to the mixing of certain household chemicals as a result of them being thrown in the trash.

Watch NewsChannel 3 for updates as they are available.