Precautionary evacuations due to chemical spill on Barnes Road in SW Portland

Photo: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

Firefighters issued precautionary evacuations due to a chemical spill on Southwest Barnes Road in Portland on Tuesday.

Firefighters and a hazmat team from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to the Peterkort Towne Square, located at the corner of Barnes Road and Cedar Hills Boulevard, late Tuesday afternoon.

According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, a truck carrying Ultramine, a chemical that decreases the rate of corrosion on aluminum, was delivered to UPS, tipped off the bed of the truck and poured out.

The chemicals were caught inside a storm drain but have not gone beyond it.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said about 200 gallons of the 500 gallon barrel spilled into the drain.

There was not believed to be a serious threat to the public, but firefighters said people were evacuated from the immediate area as a precaution.

Some people in the nearby businesses were advised to shelter in place and were told not to go to their vehicles that were parked in the back for fear they may be exposed to the chemicals.

FOX 12 spoke with Ann Lai with Serenity Nail Spa. She says her salon was swamped when the spill happened.

"We didn't know what was going on until one of the firefighters came to us and he just told us not to exit to the back for now, because something spilled in the back. We didn't know what it was," said Lai.

Firefighters say a property manager may have been exposed to the chemicals while he was helping clean up the mess. As a precaution they rinsed out his eyes for 15 minutes and he seems to be doing OK.

Lai wants to make sure her business isn't affected by the spill.

"I'm glad this happened just in the back but I would love to find out what's really going on and how dangerous it is," Lai said.

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