Lacombe firefighters treated at hospital after fire

Seven Lacombe firefighters were treated for eye irritation and breathing discomfort after responding to a fire in the chemistry lab at Canadian University College on Tuesday night.

Seven Lacombe firefighters were treated for eye irritation and breathing discomfort after responding to a fire in the chemistry lab at Canadian University College on Tuesday night.

Lacombe firefighters and supporting units from Bentley and Blackfalds were able to contain the fire and evacuate the building.

No injuries were reported by college students or staff.

During the fire, chemicals in the lab reacted to the heat and fire. Firefighters were treated at the scene by EMS and as a precaution were transported to Lacombe Hospital by EMS.

All members were released from hospital later that night.

Once the fire was extinguished, City of Red Deer and Nova Chemical hazardous materials teams re-entered the building to ensure there was no further risk of a chemical release or fire.

The cause of the fire and the estimated damage remain under investigation.