Three people treated after chemical spill

Posted at 9:45 PM, Sep 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-06 23:45:37-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Three employees of DNA company BioFire Diagnostics Inc. were hospitalized after being exposed to a chemical spill.

At approximately 10 a.m. Friday, a chemical used in DNA processing was spilled. When employees tried to clean it up, they were exposed to the flammable liquid related to cyanide.

They went to a clinic in West Valley City, which refused to take them because of the contamination. The employees went to the University of Utah Hospital.

“Instead of just having one scene, now there are three scenes, there are a lot of people involved, when if we would have been included in the very beginning,” said Jasen Asay, Salt Lake City Fire Department. “We could have come here, helped with the cleanup and done the decontamination here and it’s likely that three people would not be in the hospital that are in right now.”

The three employees were decontaminated outside the University Hospital and are now receiving treatment.